Dealing with Uncertainty: Employing Contemplative Practices Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States

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Holistic nursing practice. April 5, 2022. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000507. Online before print.

ABSTRACT

Little research has attempted to understand the use and frequency of contemplative practices in older adult social groups in the context of uniquely uncertain and stressful circumstances such as the COVID-19 pandemic. Using data from a nationwide web-based survey (n=1861), we examined changes in the frequency of contemplative practices and differences between sociodemographic, health, and psychological status, and documented a significant increase in the use of prayer and meditation since the onset of the pandemic. Minority groups and those on lower incomes reported praying longer than their peers. Respondents who were single, women and better educated were more likely to meditate, while less educated respondents were more likely to pray during the pandemic. Greater use of these practices was found among participants with higher levels of anxiety. Our study provides much-needed guidance for future intervention studies to improve the mental well-being of diverse groups of older adults confronted with stressful situations.

PMID:35435860 | DOI:10.1097/HNP.0000000000000507

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