Spirituality among Latinas/os: Implications of culture in conceptualization and measurement

Maureen Campesino, Gary E. Schwartz

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Despite growing transnational migration between the United States and Latin American countries, culturally relevant conceptualizations of spirituality among Latinas/os remain lacking in healthcare research. Grounded in Latina feminist theology, this article elucidates cultural values that influence spirituality and describes findings from a study using a new questionnaire to explore spirituality among Latinas in Puerto Rico and the US mainland. Results support the saliency of cultural values such as personalismo and familismo as the context for spiritual perspectives, which may function independently of the Catholic Church structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)69-81
Number of pages13
JournalAdvances in Nursing Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2006


  • Instrumentation
  • Latinos
  • Postcolonial
  • Prayer
  • Religion
  • Spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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