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Religious Delusions in a Xhosa Schizophrenia Population.

Connell, Alida
Koen, Liezl
Niehaus, Dana
Cloete, Karen J
Jordaan, Esme
Botha, Ulla
Abstract
Here, we assessed for the first time the frequency of religious delusions and the effect of treatment on religiosity and the phenomena of religious delusions in a Xhosa schizophrenia population. Religious delusions were present in 42 (70%) participants, and treatment significantly reduced religiosity (p = 0.02) as well as mean scores for certain phenomena associated with the delusions including changes in both thinking (p = 0.0001) and behaviour (p = 0.0001), as well as affective response to the delusion (p = 0.0001) The high frequency of religious delusions may indicate a higher tolerance for religious delusions in this community. It is therefore important to educate spiritual leaders on mental illness.
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2015-10
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Research Projects
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Religious delusions , Religiosity , Schizophrenia , Xhosa , South Africa , Public Health , Mental health
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Religious Delusions in a Xhosa Schizophrenia Population. 2015, 54 (5):1555-62 J Relig Health
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