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Religion, spirituality and mental health.

Dein, S. and Cook, C. C. H. and Powell, A. E. and Eagger, S. (2010) 'Religion, spirituality and mental health.', The psychiatrist., 34 (2). pp. 63-64.

Abstract

Research demonstrates important associations between religiosity and well-being; spirituality and religious faith are important coping mechanisms for managing stressful life events. Despite this, there is a religiosity gap between mental health clinicians and their patients. The former are less likely to be religious, and recent correspondence in the Psychiatric Bulletin suggests that some at least do not consider it appropriate to encourage discussion of any spiritual or religious concerns with patients. However, it is difficult to see how failure to discuss such matters can be consistent with the objective of gaining a full understanding of the patient’s condition and their self-understanding, or attracting their full and active engagement with services.

Item Type:Article
Full text:PDF - Accepted Version (144Kb)
Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:http://dx.doi.org/10.1192/pb.bp.109.025924
Publisher statement:This is an author-produced electronic version of an article accepted for publication in The Psychiatrist. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at http://pb.rcpsych.org
Record Created:16 May 2011 12:05
Last Modified:22 Jun 2011 16:33

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