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Die begrippe geestesgesondheid en geestesongesteldheid : 'n prakties-teologiese ondersoek met die oog op pastorale begeleiding

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dc.contributor.advisor Lotter GA, Prof en
dc.contributor.author Reinecke MR en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T07:22:37Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T07:22:37Z
dc.date.created 2002 en
dc.date.submitted 2003 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/17912
dc.description.abstract This study deals with the distinction between mental health/mental illness from a practical theological point of departure.<br><br> A number of questions concerning this subject, include the following:<br><br> 1 What exactly is the distinction between normal and abnormal behaviour?<br> 2 What characteristics does a person portray who is mentally healthy?<br> 3 What is the relationship between mental health and mental illness?<br><br> The medical, psychiatric and psychological viewpoint is that mental illness is a disease. Contrary to this, theology does not view it primarily as an illness/disease, but as problems of life emanating from The Fall of man and where an opportunity can be offered for growth and transformation through the work of the Holy Spirit.<br><br> The aim of this study is to identify the concept mental health/mental illness, to research the therapy for mental illness and to recommend guidelines for pastoral guidance. The investigation, being a fundamental study on the concepts mental health/mental illness based on a literature study, is done at the hand of the practical theological model of Zerfass and embraces:<br><br> 1 a basis theory whereby Scriptural perspectives on the subject have been researched;<br> 2 a meta-theoretical evaluation of the material content in related fields of study that have become known through a literature study;<br> 3 a practice theory where pastoral guidelines are recommended for mental afflictions.<br><br> A study of appropriate Scriptural passages indicate that the concept mental illness does not appear in Scripture, but examples of odd behaviour and/or emotional instability, are indeed found. The characteristic negative emotions such as jealousy, aggression and anger, et al attached to personality disorders are identified in Scripture as sin. To be born again does not safeguard man from illness, sin or the problems of life. Believers also become physically or mentally ill and similar to unbelievers, are susceptible to various forms of suffering. The Bible however, offers a message of hope. Shattered people can recuperate, not through piety but through redemption in Jesus Christ: SOLA GRATIA, only mercy.<br><br> The conclusion of this research is that individuals who are mentally ill, probably can find relief through medication and psychological therapy, but that pastoral guidance is seldom considered as a resource. It may be that the pastor is not aware of the problems and/or does not feel experienced to deal with it within a pastoral situation.<br><br> In conclusion, at the hand of Scripts and relevant literature, certain pastoral guidelines are recommended. The use of Scripture and prayer are integral facets of these practical theoretical guidelines concerning mental illness, general as well as specific, including, personality disorders. en
dc.language Afrikaans en
dc.subject Religion en
dc.subject Practical theology (Congregation) en
dc.title Die begrippe geestesgesondheid en geestesongesteldheid : 'n prakties-teologiese ondersoek met die oog op pastorale begeleiding en
dc.type Doctoral degree en
dc.description.degree PhD en


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