Christianity and Mental Health

Is Contemporary Christianity promoting or hindering mental health in Africa: The
case of Ghana

Contemporary Christianity in Africa has seen an increase in
Pentecostalism/Charismatism whose bases include miracles, prophecies and exorcism.
The activities of these churches tend to influence the beliefs and behavior of the
people who adhere to these faiths because they identify with the precept of achieving
a cosmological balance. Although studies have been carried out on the social impact
of various religions, very little has been found on their mental health impact. Recently
many negative prophecies and predictions have recently flooded contemporary
Christianity in Ghana. The present study will seek to bring to light the effects that
these churches and their teachings have on the mental health of their congregants and
endeavor to make recommendations on how to enhance the positive outcomes that
religion might bear.

Principal Investigator: Joana Salifu Yendork, Department of Psychology, University
of Ghana, Legon.

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