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Acad Psychiatry. 1998 Mar;22(1):29-35. doi: 10.1007/BF03341441.

Religious training and religiosity in psychiatry residency programs.

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Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.


The authors present the results of a survey that inquired into the religious life of 121 residents from 5 psychiatric residency programs. In addition, the study sought to explore the didactic and supervision experience of the residents regarding religious issues. The authors' results show that this group of residents appears to be more religious than what has been reported before in prior studies of psychiatrists' religious beliefs. While didactic exposure was limited, those who received didactic exposure were more likely than those who did not to believe that religion is important in the clinical setting, and the former also felt more competent to recognize and attend to a patient's religious and spiritual issues. Still, most residents felt competent to address religious issues in their clinical encounter. The implications of the results are discussed as they relate to training.


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