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Topics: Mental disorder, Schizophrenia, Supernatural Pages: 3 (901 words) Published: October 7, 2014
ARLEGUI, Monica Marie G.BS7A – MWF 6:00-7:00 October 3, 2014

1. Title of Research: Supernatural beliefs, aetiological models and help seeking behaviour in patients with schizophrenia 2. Date/Place of Publication: 2012 / Medknow Publications & Media Pvt. Ltd. 3. Researchers: Natasha Kate, Sandeep Grover, Parmanand Kulhara, and Ritu Nehra 4. Method of Research: Quantitative Method where seventy three patients returned the completed supernatural Attitude questionnaire 5. No. of Participants: 73 patients with diagnosis of schizophrenia 6. Statement of the problem: This study aimed to study the personal beliefs, aetiological models and help seeking behaviour of patients with schizophrenia using a self‑rated questionnaire. 7. Findings 62% of patients admitted that people in their community believed in sorcery and other magico‑religious phenomena. One fourth to half of patients believed in ghosts/evil spirit (26%), spirit intrusion (28.8%) and sorcery (46.6%). Two‑third patients believed that mental illness can occur either due to sorcery, ghosts/ evil spirit, spirit intrusion, divine wrath, planetary/astrological influences, dissatisfied or evil spirits and bad deeds of the past. 40% of the subjects attributed mental disorders to more than one of these beliefs. About half of the patients (46.6%) believed that only performance of prayers was sufficient to improve their mental status. Few patients (9.6%) believed that magico‑religious rituals were sufficient to improve their mental illness but about one‑fourth (24.7%) admitted that during recent episode either they or their caregivers performed magico‑religious rituals.

Reflective Questions

1. How am I beginning to think differently?
I am beginning to think differently about how supernatural beliefs can greatly affect one’s cognition and cause the development of schizophrenia. In the biological aspect, ill health is an outcome of an imbalance among three kinds of bodily fluids or forces and...
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