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Spiritual Meaning in Life and Values in Patients With Severe Mental Disorders

Huguelet, Philippe MD; Mohr, Sylvia Madeleine PhD; Olié, Emilie MD; Vidal, Sonia PhD; Hasler, Roland PhD; Prada, Paco MD; Bancila, Mircea MD; Courtet, Philippe MD; Guillaume, Sébastien MD; Perroud, Nader MD

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: June 2016 - Volume 204 - Issue 6 - p 409–414
doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000495
Original Articles

Spirituality and meaning in life are key dimensions of recovery in psychiatric disorders. The aim of this study was to explore spiritual meaning in life in relation to values and mental health among 175 patients with schizophrenia, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, and anorexia nervosa. For 26% of the patients, spirituality was essential in providing meaning in life. Depending on the diagnosis, considering spirituality as essential in life was associated with better social functioning; self-esteem; psychological and social quality of life; fewer negative symptoms; higher endorsement of values such as universalism, tradition (humility, devoutness), and benevolence (helpfulness); and a more meaningful perspective in life. These results highlight the importance of spirituality for recovery-oriented care.

*Department of Mental Health and Psychiatry, University Hospitals of Geneva; †Department of Psychiatry, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland; ‡Department of Emergency Psychiatry and Post-Acute Care, CHRU Montpellier; §Inserm, U1061, Université Montpellier, Montpellier; and ∥Fondamental Foundation, Foundation of Scientific Cooperation, Créteil, France.

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