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South Med J. 2008 Apr;101(4):388-92. doi: 10.1097/SMJ.0b013e318167a97a.

Faith-based intervention in depression, anxiety, and other mental disturbances.

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Department of Family Practice, University of Texas Health Center at Tyler, TX 75708-3154, USA.



To determine if the effects of using the Steps to Freedom would be beneficial for a group of individuals who attended a Christian Conference.


A user-friendly 12-item questionnaire was used to monitor the outcomes of Steps to Freedom addressing six symptom/behavioral problems and six function areas. In addition, the Symptom Checklist-90 R (SCL-90-R) questionnaire was employed to document the validity of the shorter questionnaire. The questionnaires were completed before and after the administration of the Steps to Freedom. The Wilcoxon matched pairs test was used to measure the significance of the findings for the 12-item questionnaire.


Thirty-three clients who went through the Steps to Freedom showed statistically significant improvement (P < or = 0.005) at 3 to 4 months in all symptom/behavior categories (items 1-6). All function areas (items 7-12) also demonstrated statistically significant improvement (P < or = 0.05). A comparison group who did not attend the conference or receive counseling showed no significant changes during the same period.


These significant preliminary findings need to be confirmed by additional studies. Steps to Freedom model prayers, used by individual patients personally and/or with a counselor, could expand the care and hopefully lower the cost of mental illness.

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