Utilizing religious schemas to cope with mental illness

Authors
Citation
Nm. Taylor, Utilizing religious schemas to cope with mental illness, J RELIG H, 40(3), 2001, pp. 383-388
Citations number
19
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Public Health & Health Care Science","Religion & Tehology
Journal title
JOURNAL OF RELIGION & HEALTH
ISSN journal
0022-4197 → ACNP
Volume
40
Issue
3
Year of publication
2001
Pages
383 - 388
Database
ISI
SICI code
0022-4197(200123)40:3<383:URSTCW>2.0.ZU;2-M
Abstract
Recent Gallup Polls suggest that 96% of Americans polled believe in God or a universal supreme being (Gallup, 1995). In addition, large percentages of Americans polled report that they pray or believe in miracles. It appears then that religious belief might be a useful coping strategy for those expe riencing significant distress or illness. Although much of the research reg arding religious coping and illness has focused on physical illness, it see ms likely that religious coping would also be useful to those who are exper iencing a mental illness. Existing data regarding the use of religious copi ng and mental illness is discussed, and Daniel McIntosh's theory of religio n as a cognitive schema is applied to those suffering severe mental illness .