School of Behavioral Sciences; School of Health Sciences
Keywords: globalization, Christian mission, psychology, integration, India
Counseling Psychology | Multicultural Psychology | Psychology
Margerison, Morgan, "Perspectives of Indian Internationals on Mental Illness and Christian Missions" (2019). Senior Honors Theses. 854.
When psychology is integrated with Christianity as a form of missions, it is vital that the destination country’s cultural perspectives be considered in the practice of these fields. This phenomenology obtained Indian cultural perceptions and experiences of mental health, as well as their perspectives and experiences regarding the integration of psychology and Christianity. The participants framed mental and emotional health in the context of relationship, addressed it with faith practices and values, and evaluated it based on cognitive functioning and lack of positive emotions. They expressed cultural concerns with victim mentality, stigma, and shifts in moral values. Regarding the integration of mental health services and Christian missions, the participants emphasized the importance of respect, a biblical worldview, and love.