Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

The Journal of Pastoral Care. (Journal File)

Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

The Journal of Pastoral Care. (Journal File)

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Grossoehme, D. H. (2001). Self-reported value of spiritual issues among adolescent psychiatric inpatients.

Vol. 55(2), 139-145.

This article begins with the premise that mental health research literature has neglected to include spiritual issues in terms of clinical attention. Further, assessment procedures, in the author's opinion, do not consistently include questions about a subject's spiritual life when assessing suicidal patients. The author points out the need to assess spirituality in adolescents, as most of this type of research has been conducted on adults.

The hypotheses included: (a) spiritual/religious issues are important to adolescents in psychiatric care; (b) adolescents in psychiatric care do not believe they have adequate opportunity to talk about spiritual/religious issues; and, (c) the opportunity to explore these issues with a chaplain would be beneficial for patients.

The author conducted a survey of inpatient, adolescent, psychiatric patients. The survey was an 18 item, true/false question set. Surveys were conducted over a six month period of time in order to assess a larger sample size; for, the facility in question was an 18-bed facility, with the average stay of a patient being 3.5 days. Those who participated in the survey had first attended a process group entitled "Spiritual Issues." It should be noted that acutely psychotic patients did not attend the group. The group was focused upon issues, such as guilt and shame, how beliefs impact decision making, and how the patients experienced God. …

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