Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs of Catholic Clerics’ Regarding Mental Health in Lebanon

  • Christina AramounyEmail author
  • Hala Kerbage
  • Nathalie Richa
  • Paul Rouhana
  • Sami Richa
Original Paper


Arabic speakers rarely seek the help of professional mental health providers while they heavily rely on religious leaders. However, little is known about the knowledge, beliefs, and attitudes of clerics regarding mental illness. A standardized questionnaire was administered to 115 Christian religious men. Clerics appeared to have an informed, scientifically based understanding of the causes of mental disorders and of the importance of medications in effective treatment. However, several stigmatizing attitudes were identified. Contact with the patients significantly reduced the discrimination. Fear of the unpredictable highlights the need to develop and implement targeted approaches that outreach clergy.


Knowledge Attitude Beliefs Clerics Lebanon Mental illness 


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Conflict of interest

We have no financial or otherwise competing interests to declare.

Ethical Standard

The research protocol was reviewed and approved by the Ethics Committee of Saint Joseph University and our work carried out in accordance with the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryHôtel Dieu de FranceBeirutLebanon
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry, Faculty of MedicineSaint Joseph UniversityBeirutLebanon
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyHoly Spirit University of KaslikKaslikLebanon
  4. 4.Pontifical Faculty of TheologyHoly Spirit University of KaslikKaslikLebanon

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