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Pastoral care of mental illness and the accommodation of African Christian beliefs and practices by UK clergy

Leavey, G; Loewenthal, K; King, M; (2017) Pastoral care of mental illness and the accommodation of African Christian beliefs and practices by UK clergy. Transcultural Psychiatry , 54 (1) pp. 86-106. 10.1177/1363461516689016. Green open access

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Abstract

Faith-based organisations, especially those related to specific ethnic or migrant groups, are increasingly viewed by secular Western government agencies as potential collaborators in community health and welfare programmes. Although clergy are often called upon to provide mental health pastoral care, their response to such problems remains relatively unexamined. This paper examines how clergy working in multiethnic settings do not always have the answers that people want, or perhaps need, to problems of misfortune and suffering. In the UK these barriers can be attributed, generally, to a lack of training on mental health problems and minimal collaboration with health services. The current paper attempts to highlight the dilemmas of the established churches’ involvement in mental health care in the context of diversity. We explore the inability of established churches to accommodate African and other spiritual beliefs and practices related to the etiology and treatment of mental health problems.

Type: Article
Title: Pastoral care of mental illness and the accommodation of African Christian beliefs and practices by UK clergy
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1363461516689016
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1363461516689016
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: ethnicity, faith-based organisations, mental illness, pluralism, religion, secularism
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10057672
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