Original articlesA Philosophical Analysis of Spiritual CopingDunn, Karen S. PhD, RN, FGSA; Robinson-Lane, Sheria G. PhD, RNAuthor Information School of Nursing, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan (Dr Dunn); and School of Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Dr Robinson-Lane). Correspondence: Karen S. Dunn, PhD, RN, FGSA, School of Nursing, Oakland University, 433 Meadow Brook Lane, 3041 HHB, Rochester, MI 48309 ([email protected]). This project was partially supported by the NIH/NINR-funded Center for Complexity and Self-Management of Chronic Disease (P20 NR015331). The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Advances in Nursing Science: July/September 2020 - Volume 43 - Issue 3 - p 239-250 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000323 Buy Metrics Abstract Utilizing Whall and associates' philosophical analysis method, the concept of spiritual coping was critically evaluated to determine the relevance of this concept to nursing science. Studies were included in the literature review if participants were 55 years and older, as this cohort has reported using more spiritual coping strategies than younger cohorts. Twenty-four articles were reviewed and revealed 3 recurrent themes: enhanced physical, psychological, and social well-being, resilience, and self-transcendence. Support for the relevance of spiritual coping to nursing science was found, as these themes were easily placed within the context of 3 postmodern philosophical approaches and multiple extant nursing theories. © 2020 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.