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Chapter 5 - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 October 2022

Christopher C. H. Cook
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Institute for Medical Humanities, Durham University
Andrew Powell
Affiliation:
Formerly Warneford Hospital and University of Oxford
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Spirituality/religion – and even the lack thereof – are integral elements of the human condition. Clinicians trained in child and adolescent mental health are in a unique position to understand religious and spiritual aspects of developmental, biological, psychological, sociological and family processes that inform psychopathology, multiple treatment modalities, coping and resiliency. Evidence-based studies of specific methods for integrating spirituality/religion into child and adolescent treatment are less robust than for adult patients, but spiritually sensitive therapy offers hope and healing for children, as it does for adults. Family therapy is also becoming a preferred treatment modality to address religious and spiritual concerns in multifaith, or conservative, families of diverse faith traditions, religious minorities, and with religious and spiritual issues arising with LGBT+ youth. All clinicians working with children and adolescents can benefit from understanding the role of spirituality in their lives and those of their families.

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