Spiritual Health Study

Thank you for your interest in the Spiritual Health Study!


We are recruiting young people to participate in a 2-hour focus group with approximately 5 other young people, ages 11-15 years, and/or an individual interview (lasting 45-60 minutes) with a researcher from our team.  During both interviews and focus groups, participants will be asked to share their thoughts and opinions about spiritual health. An example of a question we will ask is:  “What does a person with positive spiritual health look like to you?”


We want to interview 11 to 15 year old boys and girls across Canada who have diverse perspectives and experiences about the importance of/lack of importance of spiritual health.

When people hear the term “spiritual” they often think of religion. We understand spiritual health to be a more universal concept, related to a sense of wonder, awe and meaning in life. Participants are welcome to share their own thoughts about anything they think is important about spiritual health, including their views on religion, but religion is not the focus of this study.


This study is being led by researchers from the Department of Public Health Sciences at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada. This study has been reviewed for ethical compliance by the Queen's University Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board at Queen’s University and is funded by an operating grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

If you have any questions, would like more details on this study or if you do not already have the password to access the application form and your child (with your permission) is interested in applying, please contact Dr. Valerie Michaelson at valerie.michaelson@queensu.ca or phone at 613-533-6000 ext. 74244. If you have any concerns about your child’s rights as a research participant, please contact Dr. Albert Clark – Chair of the Queen’s University Health Sciences and Affiliated Teaching Hospitals Research Ethics Board at (613) 533-6081.

If you have been in contact with Dr. Michaelson and would like to complete the Participant Profile Tool to apply to be a part of this study, please click on the button below.

If you are already a particiant in this study and would like to submit your photos about spiritual health and coping, please click on the button below.

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