Date of Defense


Date of Graduation



Biological Sciences

First Advisor

Cynthia Visscher

Second Advisor

Hafiz Akbar

Third Advisor

Scott Shank


This study provides an understanding of the relationship between the Abrahamic religions and depression at Western Michigan University. It covers both causes and treatments from explanatory models of Christianity, Judaism and Islam. Interviews of clergy members from each religion (from the Kalamazoo, MI area) were conducted and analyzed. A large focus of the study regards aspects of each religion that provide protective factors from depression, beliefs on why depression occurs and treatment plans suggested for depressed individuals. Similarities and differences between the three religions are considered.

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Honors Thesis-Restricted

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