Religious Rx: The Roles of Faith and a Religious Community in the Management of Mental Illness
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Dr. Ann Miles
Dr. Bilinda Straight
Dr. Laura Spielvogel
Mental illness, religion, medical, anthropology, psychiatry
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Studies of mental illness have shown the benefits of social support to adults who live with mental illness. For those who hold religious beliefs, participating in a religious community could serve as such a form of social support. However, those with mental illness often face stigmatizing and demoralizing attitudes, as well as structural and financial barriers that prohibit them from participating in social activities. Through qualitative ethnographic research, this thesis examines the impact of religious beliefs and church participation among adults with mental illness. Participants' narratives are used to demonstrate a need for the realms of religion and medicine to address and treat the person as a whole, rather than the mere treatment of the somatic manifestations that can result from mental illness.
Shroyer-Osborn, Autumn, "Religious Rx: The Roles of Faith and a Religious Community in the Management of Mental Illness" (2012). Masters Theses. 31.