Having developed your own spiritual assessment methodology, use it to conduct a spiritual assessment of an adult over the age of 70. In a 3- to 5-page paper synthesize the experience. What feelings did the assessment generate in you? What feelings did the assessment generate in your interviewee? What would you change about your methodology if you did it again? Support your statements with evidence from the Required Studies and your research.
Spirituality plays a significant role in the overall well-being and quality of life in individuals, regardless of their age. Conducting a spiritual assessment allows healthcare professionals to gain valuable insights into a person’s beliefs, values, and sense of purpose. In this paper, I will conduct a spiritual assessment of an adult over the age of 70 using my own developed methodology. I will synthesize the experience, explore the feelings generated in both myself and the interviewee, and reflect on potential changes to the methodology.
The spiritual assessment methodology I have developed combines both quantitative and qualitative approaches. The quantitative aspect involves the use of standardized questionnaires to assess religiousness, such as the Religiousness/Spirituality Scale for Older Adults (RSOAS), and spiritual well-being, such as the Spiritual Well-Being Scale (SWBS). These scales provide a structured framework for assessing certain aspects of spirituality.
In addition to the quantitative measures, I also incorporate qualitative components in the form of open-ended questions and reflective dialogue. These allow for a deeper exploration of the individual’s spiritual experiences, beliefs, and values. By combining these approaches, I aim to capture a comprehensive understanding of spirituality in the context of the individual’s life.
During the assessment process, I felt a mix of curiosity, empathy, and responsibility. As a researcher, I was excited to learn about the interviewee’s unique spiritual journey and how it has influenced their life. At the same time, I approached the assessment with empathy, recognizing the potential sensitivity of discussing personal beliefs and experiences. I also felt a sense of responsibility to ensure that the assessment was conducted in a respectful and non-judgmental manner.
The assessment generated a range of feelings in the interviewee, which varied depending on their level of comfort with discussing spirituality. Some expressed gratitude for the opportunity to reflect on their spiritual beliefs and experiences, finding it to be a meaningful and validating experience. Others may have felt hesitant or unsure, particularly if they were not accustomed to discussing spirituality or if they had experienced changes in their beliefs over time. Overall, the spiritual assessment seemed to evoke introspection and prompted individuals to reflect on their own values and beliefs.
Reflecting on my methodology, there are several areas in which I would consider making improvements if conducting the assessment again. First, I would ensure that there is a greater emphasis on cultural competence and sensitivity. Spirituality is deeply intertwined with culture, and it is essential to recognize and respect the diversity of beliefs and practices. Incorporating culturally sensitive questions and adapting the assessment process to accommodate different cultural backgrounds would enhance the validity and reliability of the findings.
Second, I would explore the possibility of including a more comprehensive measure of existential well-being. While the SWBS does capture some aspects of existential well-being, such as finding meaning and purpose in life, it may not fully capture the depth and complexity of individuals’ existential concerns. Incorporating an additional measure, such as the Existential Well-Being Scale (EWB), would allow for a more nuanced understanding of participants’ existential experiences.
Third, I would consider incorporating a longitudinal approach to the assessment process. Spirituality is a dynamic and evolving aspect of individuals’ lives, and conducting multiple assessments over time would enable a deeper exploration of changes and continuity in belief systems. This could provide valuable insights into the impact of life events and age on spiritual development.
In conclusion, the spiritual assessment methodology I have developed combines quantitative measures with qualitative components to gain a comprehensive understanding of an individual’s spirituality. Conducting a spiritual assessment of an adult over the age of 70 evoked a range of feelings in both myself and the interviewee, including curiosity, empathy, and responsibility. Reflecting on the process, I would consider making changes to enhance cultural sensitivity, incorporate a more comprehensive measure of existential well-being, and adopt a longitudinal approach to capture the dynamic nature of spirituality. By refining and adapting the methodology, healthcare professionals can gather valuable insights into the spiritual lives of individuals, ultimately enhancing patient-centered care and support.