Spiritual Histories and Latter-day Saints: A Mixed-Method Preliminary Validation Study

  • David Hodge Arizona State University
  • Gordon E. Limb School of Social Work, Brigham Young University
Keywords: Spirituality, assessment, spiritual history, Latter-day Saints, Mormons


Spirituality plays a primary role in health and wellness for many Latter-day Saints (LDS). Despite being one of the largest religious cultures in the nation, few, if any, spiritual assessment tools have been validated with this population. This mixed-method study modifies an existing spiritual assessment approach—spiritual histories—that may be congruent with LDS culture. Using a national sample of experts in LDS culture (N = 100), this study identifies: 1) the degree of cultural consistency, strengths, and limitations of the approach at a conceptual level, and 2) a culturally valid question protocol to operationalize the concept for use with LDS clients. The results suggest that spiritual histories represent a highly appropriate assessment method for LDS clients. The paper concludes by providing suggestions to administer an assessment in a culturally competent manner in clinical settings.

Author Biography

Gordon E. Limb, School of Social Work, Brigham Young University
Ph.D. Associate Professor and Director School of Social Work Brigham Young University 2190A JFSB Provo, UT 84602-6709