My girls and spirituality
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This study described an interpretative, race-homogeneous, gender-specific qualitative study of 14 African-American female adolescents between the ages of 11 and 15. The purpose of the study was twofold. The first purpose of the study was to investigate the meaning of spirituality by African-American female adolescents. The second purpose was to investigate the use of spirituality by African-American female adolescents. Findings of the study revealed that: a) African-American female adolescents voiced diverse meanings for spirituality; and b) spirituality is used as “self-talk” messages by African-American female adolescents. Four themes emerged from the finding that spirituality had diverse meanings for my girls: 1) spirituality is sacred; 2) spirituality represents culture; 3) spirituality represents victory and triumph; and 4) spirituality is having concern for others. Two themes emerged from the finding of “self-talk”: 1) making the right choice; and 2) having a “can do” attitude.