‘Hallucination and Religious Beliefs Among Students in a Nigeria University’
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Wyno Academic Journal of Medical Sciences,
This study investigated lifetime-prevalence of hallucination among a group of Nigerian students and the determinants of hallucination among them. Study involved 1095 students of a Nigeria university, screened for hallucination using Schedule for Clinical Assessment for Neuro-Psychiatry and psychological distress using General-Health Questionnaire-12. Data was analyzed with linear regression analysis (p<0.05). Auditory hallucination was present in 12.1%, visual in 10%, tactile in 12.1% and olfactory in 5.1%. Proportions of hallucination among religions were: 11.1% Christians, 9.8% Muslims, and 23.1% traditionalists. Point-prevalence of hallucination was 10% with 5.1% having multiple hallucinations. Hallucination interfered with daily-activity in 17.6%. About 44% had psychological distress while 13.4% required medical-intervention for it. Hallucination was more common among the Christian faithfuls. Females and the separated/widowed had significantly higher hallucinatory experience. It was concluded that hallucination cuts across religious groups. Age, religion, gender, ethnicity and marital status had significant influence on hallucinatory experience. Psychological distress is common in students even without hallucination.
Hallucination , Religious Beliefs , Tertiary Students , Nigeria University
Gbiri C. A.1, Adebayo R. A.1, Gabriel M. O., Badru F. A., Lawal K .A .O., Awesu T. O ., Amoo I .G , Ellu D. F. (2013): ‘Hallucination and Religious Beliefs Among Students in a Nigeria University’ in Wyno Academic Journal of Medical Sciences, Vol. 2 (6) pp 49-55, August 2013 available online at: http://www.wynoacademicjournals.org/med_sciences.html. ISSN 2320-1282