Between the “whispers of the Devil” and “the revelation of the Word”: Christian clergy’s mental health literacy and pastoral support for BME congregants

Dimitar Karadzhov, Ross White

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Abstract

Understanding Christian clergy’s role in providing counseling and spiritual support to Black and minority ethnic (BME) groups offers promise for redressing the ethnicity-related health inequalities in mental health help-seeking and service utilization in the United Kingdom. This qualitative study (N = 10) investigated the pastoral practices, mental health literacy, and referral tendencies of Christian clergy serving BME congregants in Glasgow, Scotland. The qualitative content analysis revealed that the clergy held multiple and complex explanatory models of socioemotional problems, and espoused referrals to healthcare professionals to varying degrees. Clergy–practitioner collaborations can potentially become a crucial enabler of culturally sensitive and person-centered care, although several barriers persist.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-172
JournalJournal of Spirituality in Mental Health
Volume22
Issue number2
Early online date30 Oct 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 02 Apr 2020
Externally publishedYes

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