n South African Journal of Psychiatry - Integrating spirituality in the approach to psychiatric practice : editorial

Volume 20, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1608-9685
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6786



Interest in spirituality and psychiatry has grown significantly over the past two decades. Since the 1990s, interest groups have been formed by several professional associations in the USA, Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, Brazil and Australia. Interest in spirituality, religion and culture has, however, always existed in Africa and has recently in a South African (SA) context also emerged more publicly in secular areas such as health and mental health, where the need to be 'culturally competent' has extended to competence regarding the multireligious and spiritually diverse contexts of local medical practice.

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