Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 56, Issue 1, pp 130–140 | Cite as

Perceived Spirituality, Mindfulness and Quality of Life in Psychiatric Patients

  • João P. Da SilvaEmail author
  • Anabela M. S. Pereira
Original Paper


There is some evidence of the relationship between spirituality and quality of life, but there are few bibliographic references on these constructs for patients suffering from mental illness; thus, this study was aimed at revealing the possible role of spiritual outlooks as a protective factor in these individuals. The sample consisted of 96 Portuguese psychiatric patients, selected from a psychiatric hospital and assessed based on parameters for quality of life, spirituality and mindfulness. The data support some theories about the nature of the spirituality. Spiritual beliefs are poorly correlated with the quality of life index, and there is a moderate association between these beliefs and some aspects of mindfulness. It is suggested that a spiritual outlook of psychiatric patients should be taken into account in psychological interventions.


Psychology Spirituality Quality of life Mindfulness Psychiatric disorders 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EducationUniversity of AveiroAveiroPortugal

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