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Religions 2016, 7(6), 73; doi:10.3390/rel7060073

Faith Unchanged: Spirituality, But Not Christian Beliefs and Attitudes, Is Altered in Newly Diagnosed Parkinson’s Disease

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Department of Cognitive Science, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Budapest 1111, Hungary
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Katharina Schütz Zell Center at the Nyírő Gyula Hospital—National Institute of Psychiatry and Addictions, Budapest 1135, Hungary
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Department of Behavioral Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Szeged, Szeged 6722, Hungary
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Received: 22 April 2016 / Revised: 2 June 2016 / Accepted: 5 June 2016 / Published: 13 June 2016
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Abstract

In this study, we aimed at investigating the validity and characteristics of the concept of hyporeligiosity in Parkinson’s disease. Twenty-eight newly diagnosed, never-medicated patients with Parkinson’s disease and 30 matched healthy control individuals received the Brief Multidimensional Measure of Religiousness/Spirituality (BMMRS), the Stolz’s index of Christian religiosity, and the Francis Scale of Attitude to Christianity (FSAC). All participants identified themselves as Roman Catholic or Protestant. Parkinson’s patients displayed decreased positive and negative spirituality on the BMMRS, whereas beliefs and attitudes related to their Christian religion were unchanged. The severity of the disease was associated with reduced spirituality, but not with Christian faith. These results suggest a dissociation between general spirituality and traditional religious faith in Parkinson’s disease, which is consistent with the findings from patients with schizophrenia. View Full-Text
Keywords: spirituality; Parkinson’s disease; Brief Multidimensional Measure of Religiousness/Spirituality spirituality; Parkinson’s disease; Brief Multidimensional Measure of Religiousness/Spirituality
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Kéri, S.; Kelemen, O. Faith Unchanged: Spirituality, But Not Christian Beliefs and Attitudes, Is Altered in Newly Diagnosed Parkinson’s Disease. Religions 2016, 7, 73.

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