Religious psychotherapy as management of bereavement

Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1995 Apr;91(4):233-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1995.tb09774.x.


This study was aimed at determining the effect of psychotherapy in patients in bereavement. Fifteen patients in a control group were given brief psychotherapy and 15 study group patients received psychotherapy with a religious perspective. The patients in the study group showed consistently significant improvements as compared with the control group at the end of 6 months. The results indicate that highly religious patients with grief and bereavement tend to improve faster when a religious psychotherapy is added to a cognitive-behaviour approach.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bereavement*
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Psychotherapy*
  • Religion and Psychology*