Volume 31, Issue 4 (7-2007)                   Research in Medicine 2007, 31(4): 345-350 | Back to browse issues page

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, janbozorgi@sbmu.ac.ir
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Background: Prior investigators have proposed the association between religious orientation and mental health, since recently investigators have trended towards religious effects on mental health. The purpose of the present study was to determine the relationship between the religious orientation and mental health. Materials and methods: For this cross sectional study, 140 university students were randomly selected and assessed by Alport Religious Orientation Scale and General Health Questionnaire (GHQ). Results: Results revealed a significant correlation between the religious orientation and mental health. Intrinsic religious orientation was associated with mental health (p<0.004). As extrinsic religious orientation score increases mental health scores decreases and depression occurs more frequently. Conclusions: Internalizing the religion behavior and values may play basic roles in mental health status. Intrinsic religious orientation should be considered in psychotherapy and psychoeducational interventions.
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Received: 2008/07/1