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Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion

Profiles

Publication details for Professor Christopher C. H. Cook

Dein, S., Cook, C. C. H., Powell, A. E. & Eagger, S. (2010). Religion, Spirituality and Mental Health. The Psychiatrist 34(2): 63-64.

Author(s) from Durham

Abstract

Research demonstrates important associations between religiosity and well-being; spirituality and religious faith are important coping mechanisms for managing stressful life events. Despite this, there is a religiosity gap between mental health clinicians and their patients. The former are less likely to be religious, and recent correspondence in the Psychiatric Bulletin suggests that some at least do not consider it appropriate to encourage discussion of any spiritual or religious concerns with patients. However, it is difficult to see how failure to discuss such matters can be consistent with the objective of gaining a full understanding of the patient’s condition and their self-understanding, or attracting their full and active engagement with services.