Concept analysis of Diné Hózhó: a Diné wellness philosophy

ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2010 Apr-Jun;33(2):113-25. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3181dbc658.


American Indian Alaska Native people of the United States face challenges in attaining physical, mental, spiritual, and environmental health. This article presents a concept analysis of Diné Hózhó, a complex and misunderstood wellness concept the Diné (Navajo) strive to attain. Findings from a literature review are presented to explore anthropological definitions and uses of the concept Hózhó. The method of concept analysis of Walker and Avant is utilized, model cases are presented. Recommendations for application in nursing practice are presented.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adult
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Alaska / ethnology
  • Cultural Deprivation*
  • Health Promotion*
  • Humans
  • Indians, North American* / psychology
  • Male
  • Medicine, Traditional
  • Philosophy*
  • Social Identification
  • Spirituality*
  • United States