The Benefits of Spiritual Diaries: A Mixed-Method Study in Korea

Suk Sun Kim, Yeounsoo Kim-Godwin, Minji Gil, Da Eun Kim, Yeon Kum Cheon

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This mixed study examined the benefits of spiritual diaries in Korea. Quantitatively, differences in spiritual growth and psychological well-being were examined in relation to the frequency of writing spiritual diaries among 385 participating adults. The group who wrote spiritual diaries ‘5–7 times a week’ had significantly higher scores relating to spiritual growth and psychological wellbeing than other groups across the outcome variables. Qualitatively, the study also explored the benefits of writing spiritual diaries among 37 adults. Three major themes using four focus group interviews, were identified: (a) the acquisition of godly habits, (b) a closer walk with Jesus, and (c) the fullness of God’s presence. These findings are particularly important for healthcare providers who want to facilitate patient self-care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3978-3992
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2021

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  • Mixed-method study
  • Psychological well–being
  • Spiritual diary
  • Spiritual growth


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