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Dissertation

The relationship between spiritual beliefs and practices to psychological well-being among Latino gay, lesbian, bisexual transgender and questioning individuals

1 January 2012

Abstract

This research sought to explore the relationship of spiritual and religious factors to psychological well-being in the Latino gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and questioning adult population. The aim was to establish a better understanding of how spiritual beliefs and practices are vital to the treatment of Latino individuals struggling with sexual identity development. While the relationship of spiritual and religious beliefs and practices to psychological well-being has been examined for some time, this research focused on a culturally sensitive population as the topic has been largely neglected within the Latino community. Participants completed the Spiritual Involvement and Beliefs Scale-Revised (SIBS-R) and the World Health Organization Quality of Life (WHOQOL) -BREF. The data was used to determine if there was a significant association between an individual’s spiritual identification and psychological well being, so that culturally appropriate interventions may be developed and implemented in treatment.


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