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Religious and spiritual factors in depression: Review and integration of the research

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(2012) Religious and spiritual factors in depression: Review and integration of the research. Depression research and treatment. ISSN 20901321 (ISSN)

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Abstract

Depressive symptoms and religious/spiritual (R/S) practices are widespread around the world, but their intersection has received relatively little attention from mainstream mental health professionals. This paper reviews and synthesizes quantitative research examining relationships between R/S involvement and depressive symptoms or disorders during the last 50 years (1962 to 2011). At least 444 studies have now quantitatively examined these relationships. Of those, over 60 report less depression and faster remission from depression in those more R/S or a reduction in depression severity in response to an R/S intervention. In contrast, only 6 report greater depression. Of the 178 most methodologically rigorous studies, 119 (67) find inverse relationships between R/S and depression. Religious beliefs and practices may help people to cope better with stressful life circumstances, give meaning and hope, and surround depressed persons with a supportive community. In some populations or individuals, however, religious beliefs may increase guilt and lead to discouragement as people fail to live up to the high standards of their religious tradition. Understanding the role that R/S factors play in preventing depression, facilitating its resolution, or leading to greater depression will help clinicians determine whether this is a resource or a liability for individual patients. © 2012 Raphael Bonelli et al.

Item Type: Article
Creators:
CreatorsEmail
Bonelli, R.UNSPECIFIED
Dew, R. E.UNSPECIFIED
Koenig, H. G.UNSPECIFIED
Rosmarin, D. H.UNSPECIFIED
Vasegh, S.UNSPECIFIED
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Journal or Publication Title: Depression research and treatment
Journal Index: Scopus
Volume: 2012
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1155/2012/962860
ISSN: 20901321 (ISSN)
Depositing User: مهندس مهدی شریفی
URI: http://eprints.medilam.ac.ir/id/eprint/1595

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