ERIC Number: ED266348
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Psychologists' Religious and Spiritual Orientations and Their Practice of Psychotherapy.
Shafranske, Edward P.; Malony, H. Newton
The nature of clinical psychologists' religiosity, belief orientation, and practices in psychotherapy, including an assessment of ideology, non-doctrinal beliefs, attitudes toward clinical interventions, and a measure of dimensions of religiosity needs to be examined. To assess psychologists' religious and spiritual orientation in relation to their practice of psychotherapy, a 62-item questionnaire was sent to 68 California psychologists. Findings were recorded for ideology, affiliation with organized religion, dimensions of religiosity, and clinical practice and training. Several conclusions can be drawn from the survey. The results revealed that psychologists were distributed equally within three ideological frameworks. They appeared to address religious, spiritual, and ontological issues in their personal lives and to respect the function that religion serves in peoples' lives. In general, they did not affiliate with organized religion, although the majority reported having been raised in a religion and in general did not report this as being a negative experience. Professionally, psychologists dealt with religious and spiritual issues in psychotherapy and the majority felt personally competent to counsel clients regarding spirituality. The majority were in favor of including the psychology of religion in psychologists' education and training. (ABB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (93rd, Los Angeles, CA, August 23-27, 1985).