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      The meaning and use of spirituality among African American women living with HIV/AIDS.

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          The purpose of this qualitative study was to explore the meaning and use of spirituality among African American (AA), predominantly Christian women with HIV. A nonrandom sample of 20 AA women from a large infectious disease clinic in Metro-Atlanta participated in the study. The study used focus groups and individual interviews to interview women about their lived spiritual experience. Content analysis and NUDIST software were used to analyze transcripts. The findings revealed the spiritual views and practices of AA women with HIV. The following themes (and subthemes) emerged: Spirituality is a process/journey or connection (connection to God, higher power, or spirit and HIV brought me closer to God), spiritual expression (religion/church attendance, prayer, helping others, having faith), and spiritual benefits (health/healing, spiritual support, inner peace/strength/ability to keep going, and here for a reason or purpose/a second chance). Findings highlight the importance of spirituality in health and well-being among AA women with HIV/AIDS.

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          Journal
          West J Nurs Res
          Western journal of nursing research
          SAGE Publications
          1552-8456
          0193-9459
          Oct 2012
          : 34
          : 6
          Affiliations
          [1 ] Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA 30322, USA. sageorg@emory.edu
          Article
          0193945912443740 NIHMS486632
          10.1177/0193945912443740
          3978577
          22566288

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