Seeking help at an Islamic spiritual healing centre: Malaysia’s perspective

Khadijah Hasanah Abang Abdullah, Suriati Mohamed Saini, Shalisah Sharip, Mohamed Hatta Shaharom

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Spiritual healing centre is a popular place to seek help among Malaysians whether for medical, psychiatric or other reasons. This study aims to understand the characteristics and illness perception of those patients who seek help at Islamic spiritual healing centre. A cross-sectional study was conducted at an established Islamic spiritual healing centre with 357 respondents. Younger age (OR.97, 95%CI.94–.99, p =.002), higher education level (OR 1.99, 95%CI 1.15–3.45, p =.014) and a more threatening view of the illness (OR 1.19, 95%CI 1.13–1.26, p ≤.001) were found to confer risk of seeking help at this centre among attendees with psychiatric diagnosis. Supernatural attribution to illness is common among the attenders with or without a psychiatric diagnosis. Spirituality is important to bring balance and healing. Collaboration with Islamic spiritual healing practitioners to co-manage patients is recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)742-751
Number of pages10
JournalMental Health, Religion and Culture
Volume19
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2016

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Keywords

  • faith healing
  • illness perception
  • Islamic spiritual healing
  • psychiatric illness
  • supernatural

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  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Seeking help at an Islamic spiritual healing centre : Malaysia’s perspective. / Abdullah, Khadijah Hasanah Abang; Mohamed Saini, Suriati; Sharip, Shalisah; Shaharom, Mohamed Hatta.

In: Mental Health, Religion and Culture, Vol. 19, No. 7, 08.08.2016, p. 742-751.

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Abdullah, Khadijah Hasanah Abang ; Mohamed Saini, Suriati ; Sharip, Shalisah ; Shaharom, Mohamed Hatta. / Seeking help at an Islamic spiritual healing centre : Malaysia’s perspective. In: Mental Health, Religion and Culture. 2016 ; Vol. 19, No. 7. pp. 742-751.
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