Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Spiritual interventions : how effective are they ?

The term spirituality refers to transcendent experiences with, and understandings about, God or other forces in the universe while 'religious' refers to an institutional system of beliefs, values and activities based on spiritual creeds. People can be neither, one or the other or both but both concepts have consistently been found to have an impact on people's mental health and religious or spiritual interventions have become more common in psychotherapy. A review of 31 studies of spiritual therapies carried out between 1984 and 2005 found that spiritual therapies could be effective for individuals with depression, anxiety, stress and eating disorders.

Smith, Timothy B., Bartz, Jeremy and Richards, P. Scott - Outcomes of religious and spiritual adaptations to psychotherapy : a meta-analytic review Psychotherapy Research November 2007, 17(6), 643-655

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