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Spiritual Healing in the Aftermath of Childhood Maltreatment

Translating Men's Lived Experiences Utilizing Nursing Conceptual Models and Theory

Willis, Danny G. DNS, RN, PMHCNS-BC; DeSanto-Madeya, Susan PhD, RN, CNS; Ross, Richard SJ, RN, M Div, STL; Sheehan, Danielle Leone MS, RN; Fawcett, Jacqueline PhD, RN, FAAN

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000075
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This article presents an explication of spiritual healing situated within 3 nursing conceptual models (Neuman's systems model, Rogers' science of unitary human beings, and Roy's adaptation model) and 1 middle-range theory (Watson's theory of human caring), all of which include a focus on spirituality. These models and the theory are the vehicle for translation of themes of spiritual healing extracted from data provided by 30 adult male survivors of childhood maltreatment into nursing practice. This discipline-specific translational scholarship advances the profession of nursing.

Boston College, William F. Connell School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts (Drs Willis, DeSanto-Madeya, Mr Ross, and Ms Sheehan); and College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts Boston (Dr Fawcett).

Correspondence: Danny G. Willis, DNS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, Boston College, William F. Connell School of Nursing, 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 (

The research upon which this article is based was funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Nursing Research. Dr Willis (PI) R15NR011353: “Adult Male Survivors Healing From Childhood Maltreatment.” The authors thank Ji Won Lee and Mary Gerardo, BS, RN, undergraduate research fellows (Boston College, William F. Connell School of Nursing).

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

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