Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 53, Issue 6, pp 1622–1633 | Cite as

History of Religious Delusions and Psychosocial Functioning Among Mexican Patients with Paranoid Schizophrenia

  • Rebeca Robles-García
  • Sonia López-Luna
  • Francisco Páez
  • Raúl Escamilla
  • Beatriz Camarena
  • Ana Fresán
Original Paper


The association between global functionality and religiosity among patients from developing and predominantly Catholic countries warrants attention. To compare religiosity and psychosocial functioning in Mexican schizophrenia patients with and without a history of religious delusions, seventy-four patients with paranoid schizophrenia were recruited. Patients with a history of religious delusions had more psychiatric hospitalizations and poorer psychosocial functioning compared with those without a history of religious delusions. No differences emerged between groups in the total scores of religiosity scales. A history of religious delusions rather than religiosity itself may have an influence on psychosocial functioning among Mexican patients with schizophrenia.


Schizophrenia Psychosocial functioning Religious delusions Religion 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rebeca Robles-García
    • 1
  • Sonia López-Luna
    • 2
  • Francisco Páez
    • 3
  • Raúl Escamilla
    • 2
  • Beatriz Camarena
    • 4
  • Ana Fresán
    • 4
  1. 1.Dirección de Investigaciones Epidemiológicas y SocialesInstituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramón de la FuenteMexico CityMexico
  2. 2.Clínica de EsquizofreniaInstituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramón de la FuenteMexico CityMexico
  3. 3.Dirección GeneralInstituto para el Fortalecimiento de Capacidades en Salud: FOCUS Salud México S.CEstado de MéxicoMexico
  4. 4.Subdirección de Investigaciones ClínicasInstituto Nacional de Psiquiatría Ramón de la FuenteMexico CityMexico

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