Rabbis and health: A half-century review of the mental and physical health care literature: 1950-1999


Journal Article (Review)

Electronic searches were conducted on PubMed and the American Psychological Association's database (PsycINFO) for articles that discussed the role of rabbis in relation to some aspect of healthcare. The two searches were conducted in each electronic database using the search-terms: (1) (rabbi OR rabbinical OR synagogue) OR (2) (Judaism OR Jewish) AND (clergy OR chaplain). Articles were classified by the year of their publication, professional discipline, type of journal (either religious or secular), and type of article: either research, or narrative and expositional. Rabbis were discussed most often in psychology, psychiatry, and behavior-related fields, and close to two-thirds of the articles dealt with mental health concerns. A statistically significant increase in articles across decades was found in the secular journals, r = .98, p ≤ 01, with over 70% of the articles about rabbis in the secular journals being published between 1980 and 1999. Many of the articles addressed collaboration between rabbis, psychiatrists, and other and mental health professionals and discussed previously identified themes related to professional collaboration and referral. © Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Flannelly, KJ; Stern, RS; Costa, KG; Weaver, AJ; Koenig, HG

Published Date

  • July 1, 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 54 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 545 - 554

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-6679

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0031-2789

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11089-006-0022-5

Citation Source

  • Scopus