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Locating the Social Origins of Mental Illness: The Explanatory Models of Mental Illness Among Clergy from Different Ethnic and Faith Backgrounds

Leavey, G; Loewenthal, K; King, M; (2016) Locating the Social Origins of Mental Illness: The Explanatory Models of Mental Illness Among Clergy from Different Ethnic and Faith Backgrounds. Journal of Religion and Health , 55 (5) pp. 1607-1622. 10.1007/s10943-016-0191-1. Green open access

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Abstract

Clergy have historically provided 'healing' through various spiritual and medical modalities and even in modern, developed welfare economies they may still be an important help-seeking resource. Partnerships between religion and psychiatry are regularly advocated, but there is scant research on clergy explanatory models of illness. This paper aimed to explore their relationship with psychiatry and to examine how clergy in various faith groups conceptualised mental health problems. In this qualitative study using in-depth interviews, these issues were explored with 32 practising clergy in the UK from a range of different Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith organisations and ethnic backgrounds. This paper presents findings related to clergy explanatory models of mental illness and, in particular, how the social factors involved in causation are tinged with spiritual influences and implications, and how the meanings of mental distress assume a social and moral significance in distinctive localised matters.

Type: Article
Title: Locating the Social Origins of Mental Illness: The Explanatory Models of Mental Illness Among Clergy from Different Ethnic and Faith Backgrounds
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1007/s10943-016-0191-1
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10943-016-0191-1
Language: English
Additional information: © The Author(s) 2016. All rights reserved. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License http://​creativecommons.​org/​licenses/​by/​4.​0/​ The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10943-016-0191-1
Keywords: Causal attributions, Clergy, Collaboration, Explanatory models, Psychiatry
UCL classification: UCL
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/1477354
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