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Religion, Spirituality and Mental Health

Dein, S.; Cook, C.C.H.; Powell, A.E.; Eagger, S.

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S. Dein

A.E. Powell

S. Eagger


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.


Dein, S., Cook, C., Powell, A., & Eagger, S. (2010). Religion, Spirituality and Mental Health. The psychiatrist, 34(2), 63-64.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Feb 1, 2010
Deposit Date May 16, 2011
Publicly Available Date Jun 22, 2011
Journal Psychiatrist
Print ISSN 1758-3209
Electronic ISSN 1758-3217
Publisher Royal College of Psychiatrists
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 34
Issue 2
Pages 63-64


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