FEATURESMantram Repetition With Homeless Women A Pilot StudyWeinrich, Sally P. PhD, RN, FAAN; Bormann, Jill E. PhD, RN, FAAN; Glaser, Dale PhD; Hardin, Sally PhD, RN, FAAN; Barger, Mary PhD, MPH, CNM; Lizarraga, Cabiria MSN, RN; del Rio, Juan MA; Allard, Carolyn B. PhDAuthor Information University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science & the Betty and Bob Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advanced Practice, and Simulation, San Diego, California (Drs Weinrich, Bormann, Glaser, Hardin, and Barger); Department of Veterans Affairs, Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health, VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, California (Dr Bormann); Sharp Grossmont Hospital, La Mesa, California (Ms Lizarraga); Amikas, San Diego, California (Mr del Rio); and Military Sexual Trauma & Interpersonal Trauma Clinic, VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, California (Dr Allard). Correspondence: Sally P. Weinrich, PhD, RN, FAAN, University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science & the Betty and Bob Beyster Institute for Nursing Research, Advanced Practice, and Simulation, 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110 ([email protected]). This study was funded by 2 grants:1. Jonas Center for Nursing and Veterans Healthcare (2013-2014). “Innovative Solutions for Housing and Doctoral Nursing Education Aimed at Increasing Sleep and Decreasing PTSD Symptoms in Homeless Veteran Women.” Dr Weinrich, principal investigator. M. Barger, J. Bormann, S. Hardin, M. Terry, J. Criscenzo, J. del Rio, C. Allard. $10 000.2. University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, Faculty Research Fund (2013-2014). “Homeless Veteran Women.” Dr Weinrich, principal investigator. M. Barger, M. Terry, S. Hardin, J. Bormann, J. Criscenzo, J. del Rio, C. Allard. $18 000.The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. The views in this paper are those of the authors and do not represent the Department of Veteran's Affairs or the United States Government. Holistic Nursing Practice: November/December 2016 - Volume 30 - Issue 6 - p 360-367 doi: 10.1097/HNP.0000000000000138 Buy Metrics Abstract Women and families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. Negative attitudes of nurses toward homeless women are a major barrier to homeless women seeking health care. This cross-sectional, mixed-methods pilot study, conducted primarily by nurses, tested the Mantram Repetition Program for the first time with 29 homeless women. The Mantram Repetition Program is a spiritually based skills training that teaches mantram (sacred word) repetition as a cost-effective, personalized, portable, and focused strategy for reducing stress and improving well-being. For the cross-sectional, pretest-posttest design portion of the study, the hypothesis that at least half of the homeless women would repeat their mantram at least once a day was supported with 88% of the women repeating their mantram 1 week later. The qualitative portion of this study using phenomenology explored the women's thoughts on mantram week 2. Themes of mantram repetition, mantram benefits, and being cared for emerged. This groundbreaking, interventional, mixed-methods pilot study fills a gap in interventional homeless research. © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.