Bridges between Mental Health Care and Religious Healing in Puerto Rico: The Outcomes of an Early Experiment
The incorporation of religion and spirituality into mental health care has begun to acquire credibility after more than a century of rejection by mental health professionals providing conventional interventions. This chapter describes an experiment carried out over thirty years ago aimed at integrating the public mental health system and Spiritism—a popular, religious healing system. It traces social changes in Puerto Rico in the last three decades as the context for changes in the mental health care system and the wider use, especially among professional sectors, of complementary/alternative and popular (i.e., “traditional”) medicine.
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