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  • Religious affiliation involves a perpetual commitment to a body of beliefs and practices for all moments and situations, and includes a belief in a superior controlling being. But what are the effects of religious affiliation on mental health? Does a commitment to unprovable beliefs and the practice of repetitive rituals aid us by giving legitimized expression to irrational and compulsive elements in us? Alternatively, do these practices encourage the development of psychiatric disorders? Does participation in a close religious group protect against the …

publication date

  • October 15, 1992