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Religious faith after psychotic illness

Kirov, George ORCID:, Kemp, R., Kirov, K. and David, A. S. 1998. Religious faith after psychotic illness. Psychopathology 31 (5) , pp. 234-245. 10.1159/000029045

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Religion can play an important role in the lives of psychiatric patients. We assessed how often a psychotic illness can lead to a change in the strength of religious faith and how commonly religion is used for coping with such illnesses in a sample of consecutively admitted patients. 52 patients with psychosis were interviewed regarding their religious beliefs after their index admission. 69.4% of the patients were religious, and 11 (22.4%) stated that religion was the most important part of their lives. 30.4% of the sample described that there had been an increase in their religiousness after the onset of illness. 61.2% of patients were using their religion for coping with the illness. Such patients had a better insight into their illness and were more compliant with antipsychotic medication. We conclude that the experience of a psychotic illness is likely to lead to an increase in religious beliefs. Such beliefs are commonly used for coping with the illness and some patients attach a great importance to them.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
MRC Centre for Neuropsychiatric Genetics and Genomics (CNGG)
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Publisher: Karger
ISSN: 0254-4962
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2022 09:37

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