Faith and Health

Faith and Health : Psychological Perspectives

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This volume reviews and integrates the growing body of contemporary psychological research on the links between religious faith and health outcomes. It presents up-to-date findings from empirical studies of populations ranging from healthy individuals to those with specific clinical problems, including cancer, HIV/AIDS, and psychological disorders. Drawing on multiple perspectives in psychology, the book examines such critical questions as the impact of religious practices on health behaviors and health risks; the role played by faith in adaptation to illness or disability; and possible influences on physiological functioning and mortality. Chapters reflect the close collaboration of the editors and contributing authors, who highlight areas of thematic overlap, debate key methodological questions and concerns, and outline a cohesive agenda for future more

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  • Paperback
  • Guilford Publications
  • United States
  • English
  • 1138871478
  • 9781138871472

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Plante, Sherman, Research on Faith and Health: New Approaches to Old Questions. Part I: Faith and Health in the General Population: Research and Theory. Thoresen, Harris, Oman, Spirituality, Religion, and Health: Evidence, Issues, and Concerns. McCullough, Religious Involvement and Mortality: Answers and More Questions. Wink, Dillon, Religious Involvement and Health Outcomes in Late Adulthood: Findings from a Longitudinal Study of Women and Men. Worthington, Berry, Parrott, Unforgiveness, Forgiveness, Religion, and Health. Sherman, Simonton, Assessment of Religiousness and Spirituality in Health Research. Part II: Faith and Health in Special Populations. Sherman, Simonton, Religious Involvement Among Cancer Patients: Associations with Adjustment and Quality of Life. Remle, Koenig, Religion and Health in HIV/AIDS Communities. Willis, Wallston, Johnson, Tobacco and Alcohol Use among Young Adults: Exploring Religious Faith, Locus of Health Control, and Coping Strategies as Predictors. Plante, Sharma, Religious Faith and Mental Health Outcomes. Part III: Faith and Health in the Clinic. Chirban, Assessing Religious and Spiritual Concerns in Psychotherapy. Tan, Dong, Spiritual Interventions in Healing and Wholeness. Shafranske, Religious Beliefs, Attitudes, and Personal and Professional Practices of Physicians and Psychologists Specializing in Rehabilitation Medicine. Part IV: Commentaries on Research Concerning Faith and Health. Sloan, Bagiella, Powell, Without a Prayer: Methodological Problems, Ethical Challenges, and Misrepresentations in the Study of Religion, Spirituality, and Medicine. Smith, Religion and Spirituality in the Science and Practice of Health Psychology: Openness, Skepticism, and the Agnosticism of Methodology. Sherman, Plante, Conclusions and Future Directions for Research on Faith and more

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