Mental Health, Religion & Culture
Ment Health Relig Cult
ISSN (printed): 1367-4676. ISSN (electronic): 1469-9737.
Mental Health, Religion & Culture provides a forum and a single point of reference for the growing number of professionals and academics working in the expanding field of mental health and religion. The journal publishes empirically-based work which explores the relationships between mental health and aspects of religion and culture, and discusses conceptual and philosophical aspects. Contributions are encouraged from a range of disciplines including: psychiatry, psychology, anthropology, sociology and other social sciences, philosophy, theology and religious studies, community and social work, counselling and pastoral work. Published papers include clinical and other case material, observational and interview material, survey, questionnaire, psychometric and other quantified data. There is also scope for scholarly review and presentation of historical material, religious texts and other textual material. Systematic reviews, meta-analysis, and theoretical and philosophical analysis are welcomed. Topics covered include: When and how do religious behaviours become psychiatric symptoms? Cultural variations in psychiatric disease entities: religious influences Religious coping methods and their efficacy Religious healing and mental disorders and their efficacy Religious activities and child-rearing practices and their mental health consequences Religiously-influenced beliefs about the causes of mental disorders Religious group incorporation (conversion) and exiting: mental health consequences Religious aspects of identity and relations with mental health Religious issues in psychotherapy, psychiatry and clinical psychology The role of religious personnel in the multi-disciplinary mental health team.
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