Document Type

Presentation - Poster - Presentation

University Research Students’ Perceptions of Activities of Daily Living and Spirituality



Date of Activity

Summer 7-7-2022


This study originated during the 2017 SDA Nurse Educator conference hosted at Southern Adventist University. The study’s founders wanted to provide students in research classes the opportunity to participate in a mixed-methods study. The purpose of the study was to help university students examine their perceptions of activities of daily living and their spirituality (SPADLS)

Reading the Bible and spending time in nature are two ways to nurture a relationship with God (Thomas, 2020). Personal devotions are another way of connecting and worshiping God (Thomas, 2020), as are singing (de Morrée, 2019) and meditation (Matiz et al., 2019). While teens report social media helps build friendships and a more diverse worldview, these platforms can result in drama and social pressures (Anderson & Jiang, 2018). Additionally, social media can negatively impact a person’s mental health, resulting in depression and anxiety (Huang, 2020; Karim et al., 2020; Sherrell, 2021). Students in research courses on various campuses completed qualitative and quantitative Google Forms surveys in which they reflected on their activities of daily living and their spirituality. IRB approval was obtained and student responses were anonymous. A portion of the quantitative survey was modified from the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (CDC, 2020). 457 have completed the quantitative survey, and 411 have completed the qualitative survey. A summary of the current findings of the study will be presented in the poster presentation.

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