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Religiosity/Spirituality and Mental Health: Psychiatric Staff’s Attitudes and Behaviors

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Along with the bio-psycho-social model in patient-centered care, religiosity/spirituality (ReS) receives increasing attention from medical communities. Correspondingly, healthcare professionals’ perspectives and their attitudes towards ReS receive increased attention, as their attitudes play a crucial role in the therapeutic process. In this context a nationwide study was conducted at Ger- man university hospitals and confessional clinics to find out what kind of attitudes psychiatrists and nurses have towards ReS in clinical settings. The respondents generally regarded dealing with religious/spiritual issues as appropriate, and also rated themselves to be ready to integrate ReS into therapies. Otherwise, most of the respondents underlined professional neutrality as preventing factor for an integration.

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Lee, E. , Zahn, A. and Baumann, K. (2014) Religiosity/Spirituality and Mental Health: Psychiatric Staff’s Attitudes and Behaviors. Open Journal of Social Sciences, 2, 7-13. doi: 10.4236/jss.2014.211002.

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