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Religions 2018, 9(2), 40; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9020040

Suicidal Ideation and Sense of Community in Faith Communities

Counseling Department, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, 130 Essex St., South Hamilton, MA 01982, USA
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Received: 11 December 2017 / Revised: 24 January 2018 / Accepted: 26 January 2018 / Published: 30 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Suicide Prevention, Religion and Spirituality)
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Previous studies have found that religion and spirituality (R/S) are related to less suicidal ideation (SI), fewer suicide attempts and fewer suicide deaths and that an absence of social support is associated with SI, suicide attempts, and suicide death. 745 Catholic, Jewish, and Protestant congregants completed an online survey measuring their sense of community (SOC) in their faith community, overall belonging and SI. SOC was weakly related to SI. Congregants attending more than one service per week reported more SI and more importance to feel a SOC. Jewish and Hispanic congregants reported more SI. Unmarried congregants reported lower overall belonging, more SOC and more SI, suggesting that people apportion their sense of connectedness differently. Future studies might examine the relationship of SOC to suicide attempts and deaths and how a faith community might confer SOC differently from a non-religious/non-spiritual community. View Full-Text
Keywords: suicide; sense of community; religion; spirituality; faith community; congregants; belongingness suicide; sense of community; religion; spirituality; faith community; congregants; belongingness
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Mason, K.; Martin, W.B.; Kim, E. Suicidal Ideation and Sense of Community in Faith Communities. Religions 2018, 9, 40.

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