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Title: Religion and mental health : issues for professionals and public
Author: Ganatra, Lakshman
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2017
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This thesis is structured as three chapters which explore the subject of religion and mental health for both professionals and public. Chapter one reviews the published literature examining professional’s engagement with religion within the mental health system in the United Kingdom. Evidence suggests that professionals view religion as important in mental health care, however a number of key fundamental barriers at the macro- and micro-level influence engagement. Barriers include lack of engagement within the corporate context; ethical considerations and dilemmas in clinical practice; and issues in daily practice. Professionals require stronger guidance to feel supported. Training institutions need to address religion within teaching and organisations must be aware of the ethical dilemma professionals face. Chapter two presents an empirical study examining the influence psychosocial forces of religiosity and spirituality have on suicide. The study was in the form of a cross-sectional e-survey design using a range of psychometrically valid self-report measures. A general population sample of 231 participants from different faith and non-faith backgrounds participated. Results found that religious participants had higher levels of depression and suicidal thoughts than non-religious participants. However, differences were not found between groups, suggesting that it is not belief systems per se, but other psycho-social factors which are more important. Religious participants were found to have higher levels of religiosity and spirituality, moreover, negative religious coping and forgiveness appear to have a significant influence on psychological distress. Implications of the findings are discussed, along with suggestions for future research. Chapter three provides reflections on the research process and my personal and professional development through the course.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology ; RC Internal medicine