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DSM-IV Religious and Spiritual Problems

Lesson 2.1 Typology of Religious Problems

Typology of Religious Problems

Typology of Religious Problems
The original proposal submitted to the Task Force on DSM-IV and published in the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease included four types of religious problems that were identified through literature searches and surveys:

loss or questioning of faith
change in denominational membership
conversion to a new faith
intensification of adherence to religious practices and orthodoxy

In the final defintion of Religious or Spiritual Problem published in the DSM-IV, only two of the four types were included:

loss or questioning of faith
conversion to a new faith

V62.89: This category can be used when the focus of clinical attention is a religious or spiritual problem. Examples include distressing experiences that involve loss or questioning of faith, problems associated with conversion to a new faith, or questioning of other spiritual values which may not necessarily be related to an organized church or religious institution. (American Psychiatric Association, 1994, p. 685)

In this course, the typology of Religious and Spiritual Problems has been updated to reflect new findings. Included in Lesson 2 are fourtypes of religious problems:

Loss or questioning of faith
Changes in membership, practices and beliefs (including conversion)
New Religious Movements and cults
Life-treatening and terminal illness



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