Religious Involvement and Self-Perceived Spiritual Health: A Quantitative Study of Canadian Children with Disabilities

Valerie Michaelson*, John Swinton, Nathan King, William Pickett

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This study presents a national analysis of 24,190 young Canadians in which relationships between religious group involvement and the spiritual health of children with and without disabilities is described. Two key findings emerged: 1) Children who report religious involvement report higher self-rated importance of spiritual health compared with non-involved peers; 2) among involved children, spiritual health was rated as less important among three groups of young people in particular: those with multiple disabilities, those with a learning exceptionality and those with behavioural disorders. Implications for inclusive ministry are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)371-392
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Disability and Religion
Issue number4
Early online date17 Apr 2020
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Bibliographical note

FundingThe Public Health Agency of Canada and Health Canada funded Cycle 7 of the HealthBehaviour in School-aged Children Survey in Canada. Additional support for this analysisincluded an operating grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR GrantMOP 341188). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, deci-sion to publish, or preparation of the manuscript. International coordinator of the 2014HBSC survey was Dr. Jo Inchley, University of St. Andrews, Scotland. The internationaldatabank manager was DR. Oddrun Samdal, University of Bergen, Norway. The Canadianprincipal investigators of the 2014 HBSC study were Drs. John Freeman and WilliamPickett, Queen’s University; its national coordinator was Matthew King. We also thank thePan-Canadian Joint Consortium for School Health (JCSH; Executive Director,Katherine Kelly)


  • Adolescence
  • church
  • disability
  • pediatrics
  • spiritual health
  • spirituality


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