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"SPIRITUALITY AND RELIGIOSITY are of significant benefit to women of color who are experiencing challenges to their health and well-being. The implications for prevention, health-promoting behaviors, and coping with health problems are evident. The intersection of spirituality or religiosity and health for ethnic women of color can make a difference in their health experience, helping to eliminate health disparties and promoting positive health outcomes. . . .

"Women's spirituality significantly influences what they think and believe. Spirituality is associated with positive health outcomes for women, from improved perception of health status . . . to the ability to withstand poverty or the diagnosis of HIV. The relationship between spirituality and health provides an important perspective for public health intervention."

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the SEARCH for HEALTH and WELL-BEING
May 27, 2002
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