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February 1965

Psychiatry and Religion.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1965;12(2):222-223. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1965.01720320110015

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"A Protestant minister in New York leaves his pulpit to become a full-time psychological counselor. A church dignitary accuses him of perverting his ministry. In Barcelona, a Catholic psychiatrist helps patients find a new relationship with God. His colleagues attack him for scientific irresponsibility. The minister and the psychiatrist discover one another and make a common cause. Thus, a psychological ministry and a religious psychiatry create an unorthodox alliance to battle personal misery. The religio-psychiatric movement is born through several thousand similar encounters. This book reports on pressures and counter-pressures surrounding that movement."

The religio-psychiatric movement is a phenomenon particularly of the last decade, but its vigorous growth is reflected in a rapidly increasing body of literature. Newly established clinics provide roots to assure its permanence. Utilizing such concepts as role, reference group theory, status consistency, and variant behavior, Klausner has analyzed 1,347 writings from this literature to

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