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Vol. 30, No. 2, 1997
Issue release date: 1997
Section title: Original Paper
Psychopathology 1997;30:93–99
(DOI:10.1159/000285035)

Magico-Religious Beliefs and Psychosis

Vlachos I.O. · Beratis S. · Hartocollis P.
Department of Psychiatry, Medical School, University of Patras, Greece

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Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: 2/10/2010
Issue release date: 1997

Number of Print Pages: 7
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0254-4962 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-033X (Online)

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Abstract

In a sample of 80 mothers of psychotic patients from Southwestern Greece, 85 % entertained strong metaphysical beliefs of a magico-religious nature concerning the cause of psychotic illness. This finding was more prevalent among the less educated. A comparable number of patients with magico-religious delusions had mothers who attributed their children’s illness to supernatural causes, a finding suggesting that family beliefs and attitudes influence the content of the patient’s delusional thinking. Resorting to exorcism or magic, alone or in combination with formal psychiatric help, was very common. Awareness of lay beliefs about psychosis and the proper handling of such beliefs by the treating psychiatrist may facilitate cooperation with the patient and his family, increasing the prospect of a more favorable outcome.

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Ioannis O. Vlachos, MD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Patras School of Medicine, GR-26500 Patras (Greece)

  

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Psychopathology (International Journal of Descriptive and Experimental Psychopathology, Phenomenology and Psychiatric Diagnosis)

Vol. 30, No. 2, Year 1997 (Cover Date: 1997)

Journal Editor: Mundt C. (Heidelberg), Akiskal H.S. (San Diego, Calif.), Mezzich J.E. (New York, N.Y.)
ISSN: 0254-4962 (Print), eISSN: 1423-033X (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PSP


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: 2/10/2010
Issue release date: 1997

Number of Print Pages: 7
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 0

ISSN: 0254-4962 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-033X (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PSP


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