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The Spiritual Dimension in Clinical Practice

Based on the number of recent magazine articles, trade books, and surveys on spirituality, one could conclude that the spiritual dimension is increasingly important to Americans. Survey research in the late 1990s indicates that 94% of Americans believe in God, 9 out of 10 pray, 97% believe their prayers are answered, and 2 of 5 report having life-changing spiritual experiences (cited by Steere, 1997). A decade later, the major study by the Pew Forum found that 92% of Americans surveyed believe in God or a universal spirit, and more than half of those polled pray at least once a day. Most Americans also believe that angels and demons are active in the world, and nearly 80% believe miracles occur (Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, 2008).