Religious Confession and Symptom Severity: A Prospective Comparative Study

Madiha Rana, Majeed Rana*, Philipp Y. Herzberg, Christin Krause

*Corresponding author for this work
2 Citations (Scopus)


Little research has been done on comparing confessions regarding mental health. In the present study, 320 people (78 Buddhists, 77 Catholics, 89 Protestants and 79 Muslims) were compared in terms of their symptom severity. Buddhists and Protestants had lower scores than Catholics and Muslims for obsessive–compulsive behavior and hostility. Muslim group had the highest comparative scores for psychoticism. Buddhists and Protestants had comparatively low scores for paranoid ideation and overall symptom severity, with Catholics and Muslims having high ones. Results reveal that confession should be taken in account in psychological research and diagnosis, since it is explicitly associated with psychological well-being.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)2142-2154
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 29.12.2015

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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