Mental and Physical Health and Spiritual Healing: An Evaluation of Complementary Religious Therapies Provided by Spiritist Centers in the City of So Paulo, Brazil

Mental and Physical Health and Spiritual Healing: An Evaluation of Complementary Religious Therapies Provided by Spiritist Centers in the City of So Paulo, Brazil

Author Granero Lucchetti, Alessandra Lamas Google Scholar
Lucchetti, Giancarlo Google Scholar
Leao, Frederico Camelo Google Scholar
Prieto Peres, Mario Fernando Autor UNIFESP Google Scholar
Vallada, Homero Google Scholar
Abstract The present study aims to describe the characteristics of the complementary religious treatment conducted by Spiritist centers in the city of So Paulo (Brazil), to understand how physical and mental health problems are addressed and how the directors of these centers differentiate between persons with spiritual experiences from those with psychiatric disorders. From 365 Spiritist centers, which received the questionnaire, 55 (15.1 %) were included in the final analysis. There were on average 261 people per week attending spiritual sessions in each center, totalizing approximately 15,000 attendees per week in all 55 centers. The most common treatment performed in these centers was disobsession (Spirit release therapy) (92.7 %)

the least common was the 'spiritual surgery', present in only 5.5 %. The most frequent health problems reported by attendees were depression (45.1 %), cancer (43.1 %) and diseases in general (33.3 %). Concerning the directors' awareness to differentiate between spiritual experiences and psychiatric disorders, we found some remarkable divergent opinions. In conclusion, the Spiritist centers are an important health related support system for the city of So Paulo, responsible for a significant share of the city's total health consultations. The most common conditions the patients suffer from were depression and cancer.
Keywords Complementary therapies
Mental health
Spiritual therapies
Religion and medicine
Spiritism
Language English
Sponsor Instituto Bairral, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Date 2016
Published in Culture Medicine And Psychiatry. Dordrecht, v. 40, n. 3, p. 404-421, 2016.
ISSN 0165-005X (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Springer
Extent 404-421
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11013-015-9478-z
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000379985700005
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/51148

Show full item record




File

File Size Format View

There are no files associated with this item.

This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Search


Browse

Statistics

My Account