Do Religious Patients need Religious Psychotherapists? A Naturalistic Treatment Matching Study among Orthodox Jews

Publication date: Available online 7 December 2019Source: Journal of Anxiety DisordersAuthor(s): David H. Rosmarin, Steven PirutinskyAbstractReligion is professed by the majority of the general population, but a minority of mental health practitioners. We evaluated whether religious patients benefited more from treatment with religious psychotherapists in a naturalistic study among adult Orthodox Jewish (n = 117) and control patients (n = 91) receiving psychotherapy from Orthodox Jewish (n = 15) and other (n = 7) psychotherapists at a New York based outpatient clinic. Groups did not differ with respect to diagnoses (χ2(200) = 7.5, p =  .76), likelihood of having an Orthodox Jewish therapist (χ2(200) = .06, p =  .81), or number of therapy sessions (t(206) = .73, p =  .47). Multilevel regression modeling revealed that Orthodox patients reported lower initial anxiety (t(198) = 3.71, p 
Source: Journal of Anxiety Disorders - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research

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