Spiritual coping and attachment

This research proposal has two main objectives. Firstly, it examines models of adult attachment in a group of 28 patients suffering from chronic psychosis and in a control group of 18 adults from a non clinical population. Attachment is assessed with the "Adult Attachment Interview" (AAI); the diagnostic evaluations are performed with the SCID and the symptomatic evaluation with the BPRS. Secondly, this research refers to many studies on spirituality in psychosis that have shown that, compared to a nonclinical population, patients make more use of spiritual beliefs / religious practices to deal with their problems. Thus it investigates some of the underlying psychological processes in this type of coping strategy, using the conceptual framework of Bowlby’s attachment theory. 


Doctoral thesis

Rieben Isabelle. Qualité de l’attachement dans la psychose et figures spirituelles. Thèse de doctorat en psychologie (soutenue en juin 2012). Université de Lausanne. Directeur de thèse Pierre-Yves Brandt.



Brandt P.-Y., Mohr S., Gillièron C., Rieben I., Huguelet P (2012). Religious coping in schizophrenia patients : spiritual support in medical care and pastoral counselling. Toronto Journal of Theology 28(2) pp. 193-207.

Mohr S., Borras L., Betrisey C., Brandt P.-Y., Gillièron C., Huguelet P (2010). Delusions with religious content in patients with psychosis : how they interact with spiritual coping. Psychiatry 73(2) pp. 158-172.

Borras Laurence, Mohr Sylvia, Brandt Pierre-Yves, Gillièron Christiane, Eytan Ariel, Huguelet Philippe (2007). Religious beliefs in schizophrenia: Their relevance for adherence to treatment. Schizophrenia Bulletin 33(5) pp. 1238-1246. [DOI]

Huguelet Philippe, Mohr Sylvia, Jung Valérie, Gillièron Christiane, Brandt Pierre-Yves, Borras Laurence (2007). Effect of religion on suicide attempts in outpatients with schizophrenia or schizo-affective disorders compared with inpatients with non-psychotic disorders. European Psychiatry 22(3) pp. 188-194.

Mohr S., Gillieron C., Borras L., Brandt P.-Y., Huguelet P. (2007) The assessment of spirituality and religiousness in schizophrenia. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 195(3) pp. 247-253.

Huguelet Philippe, Mohr Sylvia, Borras Laurence, Gillièron Christiane, Brandt Pierre-Yves (2006) Spirituality and religious practices among outpatients with schizophrenia and their clinicians. Psychiatric Services 57(3) pp. 366-372.

Mohr S., Brandt P.-Y., Borras L., Gilliéron C., Huguelet P (2006) Toward an integration of spirituality and religiousness into the psychosocial dimension of schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry 163(11) pp. 1952-1959.

Mohr Sylvia, Borras Laurence, Gillièron Christiane, Brandt Pierre-Yves, Huguelet Philippe (2006) Spiritualité, pratiques religieuses et schizophrénie: mise au point pour le praticien. Revue Médicale Suisse 79 pp. 2092-2098.