Document Type




Format of Original

8 p.

Publication Date



American Psychological Association

Source Publication

Psychology of Religion and Spirituality

Source ISSN


Original Item ID

doi: 10.1037/a0035200


Students (n = 543) in doctoral clinical and counseling psychology programs were surveyed about training experiences with regard to addressing the spiritual and religious beliefs and practices (SRBP) of their patients. About one fourth of the respondents indicated they had received no training related to patients’ SRBP. Another half had only read material on their own or discussed such issues with a supervisor. Nonetheless, respondents almost universally endorsed the idea that patients should be asked about spirituality and religiousness. Participants also rated the appropriateness of spiritual and religious queries that might be asked of patients. As expected, queries about the relevance of SRBP were rated as the most appropriate, whereas queries that implied a disrespectful or challenging tone were rated as the least appropriate. Participants’ personal SRBP and training that was specific to patients’ SRBP were weakly but significantly associated with appropriateness ratings. The results suggest that students are formulating ideas about how to ask patients about their spiritual and religious issues despite potentially inadequate formal instruction.


Accepted version. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, Vol. 6, No. 1 (February 2014): 1-8. DOI. © 2019 American Psychological Association. Used with permission.

saunders_6873acc.docx (66 kB)
ADA Accessible Version

Included in

Psychology Commons