Ancestry and EthnicityAfrican-American Spirituality: A Concept AnalysisNewlin, Kelley MSN, C-ANP; Knafl, Kathleen PhD, FAAN; Melkus, Gail D'Eramo EdD, C-ANPAuthor Information Doctoral Student; Yale University School of Nursing; New Haven, Connecticut Professor; Yale University School of Nursing; New Haven, Connecticut Professor; Yale University School of Nursing; New Haven, Connecticut This research was partly supported by grants from the National Institute of Nursing Research. Advances in Nursing Science: December 2002 - Volume 25 - Issue 2 - p 57-70 Buy SDC Abstract Culturally competent care for African Americans requires sensitivity to spirituality as a component of the cultural context. To foster understanding, measurement, and delivery of the spiritual component of culturally competent care, this article presents an evolutionary concept analysis of African-American spirituality. The analysis is based on a sample of multidisciplinary research studies reflecting spirituality of African Americans. Findings indicate that African-American spirituality involves quintessential, internal, external, consoling, and transformative attributive dimensions. Findings are considered in relation to previous conceptual analyses of spirituality and suggest that defining attributes of African-American spirituality are both global and culturally prominent. Implications for practice and research are discussed. © 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.