Investigating effects of faith-based spirituality on mental distress recovery of Vietnamese patients. RCISS-0919-04

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Linh-Dieu Dang

Abstract

Using spirituality to resolve mental problems is prevalent in many countries, yet has not been properly studied and developed in Vietnam. Thus, the aim of this study is to examine influence of spirituality on mental distress recovery among Vietnamese people. A qualitative approach was selected to address this research objective. Specifically, 20 in-depth interviews were undertaken with Hanoian people having experienced mental distress. The findings indicate that spirituality has positive effect on Vietnamese people. Besides, people having encountered personal traumas or endured high rate of stress have the tendency to rely more on spiritual experiences. Additionally, it is found that most Vietnamese people subconsciously count on spirituality for mental relief, rather than using it as a mental therapy.

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