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Promoting Spiritual Wellness on a College Campus through Community Based Participatory Research
journal contributionposted on 14.01.2022, 01:32 by Regina Robbins, Melissa Tibbits, Mark Gilbert, Michele Marie Desmarais, Christopher FisherChristopher Fisher, Alicia Bower, Daniel Shipp, Joe Kaminski
Idoate, R., Tibbits, M., Gilbert, M., Desmarais, M. M., Fisher, C., Bower, A., Shipp, D. J., & Kaminski, J. (2019). Promoting spiritual wellness on a college campus through community based participatory research. International Journal of Transpersonal Studies.This case study describes an initiative to promote spiritual wellness on a public state college campus and demonstrates evidence of the effectiveness of taking a community-based approach. We employed the community readiness model to develop an initiative to promote spiritual wellness in a Midwestern state university. We recruited informants through purposeful sampling and conducted interviews, both pre- and post-initiative launch. Baseline data was used to inform initiative efforts. The community’s level of readiness to promote spiritual wellness increased from stage three, vague awareness, at baseline to stage six, initiation, at follow up. Although these findings are specific to our community, this communitybased participatipatory research approach may be an effective way of developing appropriate strategies to promoting spiritual practices throughout higher education.