Relationship of religiosity to mental health literacy, stigma, social distance, and occupational restrictiveness in Ningxia Province, China

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Little research has assessed the relationship between religiosity and mental health awareness in low- and middle-income countries. This study identified a representative sample of 2,425 community-dwelling adults in Ningxia, China and administered the Duke University Religion Index, the Mental Health Knowledge Questionnaire, the Mental Health Attitude Questionnaire, the Social Distance–Personal Questionnaire and the Social Restrictiveness–Occupational Questionnaire. Religious affiliation per se was not associated with mental health literacy or attitudes, but higher levels of religiosity were associated with better awareness of mental health issues and less social distance and occupational restrictiveness of those with mental health conditions. However, these relationships were substantially different in Hui ethnicity respondents (85% of whom were practicing Islam) and Han ethnicity respondents (15% of whom practiced Buddhism, Taoism or Confucianism).

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wang, Z; Chen, H; Koenig, H; Phillips, MR

Published Date

  • April 21, 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 22 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 400 - 415

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1469-9737

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1367-4676

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/13674676.2019.1593338

Citation Source

  • Scopus