Religious leaders’ trust in mental health professionals

Religious leaders are often the first recourse for people facing mental health challenges. Efforts have been made to understand faith leaders’ mental health literacy, but little is known about the extent to which faith leaders trust mental health professionals, which likely influences their referral...

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Published in:Mental health, religion & culture
Authors: Vaidyanathan, Brandon 1980- ; Charles, Jennifer ; Nguyen, Tram ; Brodsky, Sahara
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
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Published: Taylor & Francis 2021
In: Mental health, religion & culture
Year: 2021, Volume: 24, Issue: 9, Pages: 948-960
Further subjects:B Religious leaders
B Distrust
B mental health professionals
B Trust
B Clergy
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Summary:Religious leaders are often the first recourse for people facing mental health challenges. Efforts have been made to understand faith leaders’ mental health literacy, but little is known about the extent to which faith leaders trust mental health professionals, which likely influences their referral practices. To address this gap, this paper examines faith leaders’ perceptions of mental health professionals using data from interviews with leaders of Christian, Jewish, Buddhist and Sikh communities in Texas and the mid-Atlantic region conducted between 2017 and 2019 (n = 67). Analysis shows that when asked about the extent to which they would trust their members to the care of mental health professionals, faith leaders adopt one of four orientations (1) Unqualified trust; (2) Conditional trust; (3) Distrust and (4) Dismissal. The paper elaborates on each of these four orientations and leaders’ rationales for them, followed by implications for faith leaders and mental health professionals.
ISSN:1469-9737
Contains:Enthalten in: Mental health, religion & culture
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1080/13674676.2021.1967901