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Study finds worshipping God benefits mental health


A Canadian study examining religious commitment among psychiatric inpatients has found that religion is beneficial for mental heath.

The study indicates that certain religious practices may protect against severity of symptoms, hospital use, and enhance life satisfaction among psychiatric inpatients.

The study, published in the current issue of the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, looked at 88 consecutive adult patients (50% men) who were admitted to a Canadian tertiary care psychiatry inpatient unit and were interviewed about their religious beliefs and practices.

A total of 59% believed in a God who rewards and punishes, 27% had a high frequency of worship attendance, and 35% prayed once or more daily.

More frequent worship attenders had less severe depressive symptoms, shorter current length of stay, higher satisfaction with life, and lower rates of current and lifetime alcohol abuse when compared with those with less frequent or no worship attendance.

In contrast, private spirituality was associated with lower depressive symptoms and current alcohol use only, and prayer frequency had no significant associations.

LINKS
Canadian Psychiatric Inpatient Religious Commitment: An Association With Mental Health (The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry)

SOURCE
Lifesite

2 Apr 2002