Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 49, Issue 3, pp 322–332

The Lack of Teaching/Study of Religiosity/Spirituality in Psychology Degree Courses in Brazil: The Need for Reflection

Authors

    • Departamento de Psicologia, Instituto de Educação e PsicologiaUniversidade do Minho
  • Conceição Nogueira
    • Departamento de Psicologia, Instituto de Educação e PsicologiaUniversidade do Minho
  • Teresa Freire
    • Departamento de Psicologia, Instituto de Educação e PsicologiaUniversidade do Minho
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10943-009-9255-9

Cite this article as:
Costa, W., Nogueira, C. & Freire, T. J Relig Health (2010) 49: 322. doi:10.1007/s10943-009-9255-9

Abstract

This study investigated the existence/non-existence of subjects on the theme of religion/spirituality, in psychology degree courses in Brazil. Data were collected from university websites and through e-mail. The data include 301 (84.6%) of all existing courses; the subject of religiosity/spirituality is incorporated into 13% of public institutions and in 16% of private institutions; 84% of the courses do not have this subject incorporated into their curricula. Actually, few programs provide formal training in religion/spirituality. We present the definition of some terms, conclusions from publications within the theme of religion/spirituality, and a brief background on the place that religion holds in the culture of the Brazilians.

Keywords

Religiosity/spiritualityPsychology trainingPsychology degree courses

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