A landmark study published within the last 12 months examined the extent to which having a child with a disability impacts the likelihood of a family setting foot in a church or other place of worship. Mental illness represents the most common chronic health condition to impact church attendance. Specifically, church attendance is significantly lower among families of children with depression, anxiety, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder or Conduct Disorder
Presented by: Stephen Grcevich, M.D.
- Examine the relationship between the presence of chronic health conditions in children/adolescents and family church attendance
- Identify seven, common barriers to attendance at worship services and participation in church activities for families of children with shared mental health conditions
- Introduce a range of approaches counselors might employ in supporting churches in their outreach and ministry with families impacted by mental illness