Empirically supported religious and spiritual therapies.

Submitted by James Miller on Mon, 12/21/2009 - 23:12
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TitleEmpirically supported religious and spiritual therapies.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsHook, J. N., Worthington Jr. E. L., Davis D. E., Jennings II D. J., Gartner A. L., & Hook J. P.
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychology
Pagination46 - 72
KeywordsALCOHOLISM, ANGER, ANXIETY, COMPULSIVE behavior, DEPRESSION, evidence-based psychotherapy, MEDICAL care – Religious aspects, Mental, PEOPLE with mental disabilities, Religion, SCHIZOPHRENIA, SPIRITUAL life, spirituality

This article evaluated the efficacy status of religious and spiritual (R/S) therapies for mental health problems, including treatments for depression, anxiety, unforgiveness, eating disorders, schizophrenia, alcoholism, anger, and marital issues. Religions represented included Christianity, Islam, Taoism, and Buddhism. Some studies incorporated a generic spirituality. Several R/S therapies were found to be helpful for clients, supporting the further use and research on these therapies. There was limited evidence that R/S therapies outperformed established secular therapies, thus the decision to use an R/S therapy may be an issue of client preference and therapist comfort.