Adopt a Spiritual Routine to Enhance Psychological Well-being


Psychologist, Kumea Shorter-Gooden, reported that African American women rely on prayer, their spiritual beliefs, or their relationship with God as a central strategy for coping with challenges of the double jeopardy of being Black and female. Spirituality (e.g. relationship with a higher power) helps Black women make meaning in their lives (Banks-Wallace & Parks, 2000). Additionally, research shows that spirituality predicts psychological well being among Black women (Reed & Neville, 2014).


Question: What spiritual practices do engage in to make meaning out of your experiences?



Banks-Wallace, J., & Parks, L. (2004). It's all sacred: African American women's perspectives on spirituality. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 25(1), 25-45.


Reed, T. D., & Neville, H. A. (2014). The Influence of Religiosity and Spirituality on Psychological Well-Being Among Black Women. Journal of Black Psychology, 40(4), 384-401.


Shorter-Gooden, K. (2004). Multiple resistance strategies: How African American women cope with racism and sexism. Journal of Black Psychology,30(3), 406-425.