Religion and therapy: Religious conversion and the mental health of chronic heroin-addicted persons

Ho Yee Ng, Tan Lei Shek

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Abstract

Eighty-six Chinese heroin-addicted men from different stages of a gospel drug rehabilitation programme, including the pre-conversion stage (N = 26), post-conversion stage (N = 20), halfway house stage (N = 19), and peer leaders stage (N = 21) were recruited. Participants responded to instruments assessing their depressive symptoms, sense of hopelessness, and purpose in life. Results showed that there was (a) a decrease of depressive symptoms, (b) a decrease of hopelessness symptoms, and (c) an increase of purpose in life through the different stages of the gospel drug rehabilitation program.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-410
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume40
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Conversion
  • Depression
  • Therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Religious studies

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