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Catholic priests' conceptualisation of scrupulosity: A grounded theory analysis

Hepworth, M, Simonds, LM and Marsh, R (2010) Catholic priests' conceptualisation of scrupulosity: A grounded theory analysis Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 13 (1). 1 - 16. ISSN 1367-4676

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Abstract

Scrupulosity is a manifestation of obsessive-compulsive disorder concerned with religious themes. It is unclear how religious leaders understand scrupulosity, the support they offer, or how they view collaboration with mental health practitioners. This study was designed to address these issues. Eleven Catholic priests took part in a semistructured interview based on a vignette describing a person with scrupulosity. Data were analysed using a grounded theory approach. Priests understood scrupulosity as a psychological problem that they felt unqualified to deal with but for which they could offer spiritual guidance. Scrupulous individuals were perceived as difficult to develop a supportive relationship with and were sometimes a challenge to priests’ emotional wellbeing. Collaborative working between priests and mental health services was suggested as a way to address these issues, although priests recognised some difficulties in implementing this. Further research, with other religious groups and with people with scrupulosity, would be beneficial in order to expand the current conceptual framework.

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Additional Information: This is an electronic version of an article published in Hepworth M, Simonds LM, Marsh R (2010). Catholic priests' conceptualisation of scrupulosity: A grounded theory analysis Mental Health, Religion and Culture 13(1):1-16. MENTAL, HEALTH AND CULTURE is available online at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cmhr20/13/1
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Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 09 May 2012 10:19
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 19:13
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/217911

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