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Nurse Pract Forum. 1994 Jun;5(2):106-13.

The effects of spiritual/religious practices on psychological well-being among inner city homeless women.


As part of a larger, retrospective investigation of homeless women's wholistic family planning needs, we examined spiritual/religious practices in relationship to mental health status and substance use. Ninety-two percent of our sample reported one or more spiritual/religious practices, such as praying, attending worship services, or reading religious materials. Forty-eight percent of the women reported the use of prayer as significantly related to less use of alcohol and/or street drugs, fewer perceived worries, and fewer depressive symptoms.

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