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Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 46, Issue 4, pp 558–570 | Cite as

An Investigation of Singaporean Clergy Treatment Models for Mental Problems

  • Mathew MathewsEmail author
Original Paper

Abstract

While clergy are recognized by their faith communities as important sources of mental health care, questions persist as to the treatment strategies they employ and endorse. This has implication for their likelihood to encourage their members to utilize professional mental health care resources. In this study, a modified version of the treatment portion of the Opinions about Psychological Problems (OPP, Barker, Pistrang & Shapiro, 1983) is used to examine the treatment strategies endorsed by a representative sample of Singaporean clergymen. Besides attempting to show the usefulness of this modified scale, this study highlights that clergy endorse psychological models the most when these models are congruent to their theological belief system. Organic and popular Charismatic deliverance treatment models received less support.

Keywords

Clergy Treatment models Mental health Psychometric 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The author acknowledges funding for data collection from the National University of Singapore Graduate Research Grant and Rev (Dr) Danny Goh from Singapore Bible College for encouraging clergymen to participate in this study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SociologyNational University of SingaporeSingaporeSingapore

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