'One big family': pastoral care and treatment seeking in an Egyptian coptic church in England

Shenouda, John E A and Cooper, Maxwell (2017) 'One big family': pastoral care and treatment seeking in an Egyptian coptic church in England. Journal of Religion and Health. ISSN 0022-4197

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Abstract

Little is known about Coptic migrants’ chronic disease health beliefs and treatment-seeking behaviours. Interviews to explore these issues and their relationship with church membership were conducted with 15 Coptic migrants in Southern England. Obesity and cardiovascular disease (CVD) were most frequently identified as health risks for Coptic migrants. CVD was ascribed to stress and considered amenable to spiritual healing. Lay referral to medical practitioners who were church members was common but may devalue perceptions of family medicine. The Coptic Church functions as a community that addresses members’ wider vulnerability. Central to this is the ‘‘parish nurse’’ role of the priest.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Coptic; Healthcare access; Migrants; Obesity; Candidacy
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Division of Medical Education
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0001 Medicine and the state. Including medical statistics, medical economics, provisions for medical care, medical sociology > RA0418 Medicine and society. Social medicine. Medical sociology
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0418 Medicine and society. Social medicine. Medical sociology
Depositing User: Maxwell Cooper
Date Deposited: 29 Mar 2017 15:16
Last Modified: 29 Mar 2017 15:17
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/67213

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