An exploration of the relationship between spirituality, religion and mental health among youth who identify as LGBT+: A systematic literature review.
Item Type:Journal Article
Embargo End Date:2021-02-10
Citation:McCann, E., Donohue, G. & Timmins, F., An exploration of the relationship between spirituality, religion and mental health among youth who identify as LGBT+: A systematic literature review, 2020, Journal of Religion and Health
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There is a growing interest in addressing spirituality in healthcare with evidence emerging that personal spiritual and religious practices, and support of these, can influence mental health in a positive way. However, there can be distinct challenges to spiritual expression and mental health issues for youth who identify as LGBT+. The goal of this paper was to undertake a systematic review of the available evidence to investigate the relationship between mental health, spirituality and religion as experienced by LGBT+ youth. A comprehensive literature search was conducted using medical and psychological databases that focused on spirituality, mental health and LGBT+ youth. The search yielded a total of ten articles published in English between May 2008 and June 2018. The key findings highlighted issues around discriminatory attitudes, shame related to disclosure, spirituality as a supportive resource, internalised conflict and external factors around sexual orientation concerns. The psychological, social and health implications are presented and discussed.
Type of material:Journal Article
Series/Report no:Journal of Religion and Health;
Availability:Full text available
Keywords:LGBT, Health, Mental health, Religion, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Spirituality, Sexual minorities
Subject (TCD):Inclusive Society , LGBT , LGBT+ , LGBTI , LGBTQ+ , Religion , Religion, Gender, and Sexuality , SYSTEMATIC REVIEW , Sexuality , youth