Handbook of Religion and Health

Handbook of Religion and Health

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The Handbook of Religion and Health has become the seminal research text on religion, spirituality, and health, outlining a rational argument for the connection between religion and health. The Second Edition completely revises and updates the first edition. Its authors are physicians: a psychiatrist and geriatrician, a primary care physician, and a psychiatrist and theologian, all with advanced degrees in epidemiology and public health. The Second Edition surveys the historical connections between religion and health and grapples with the distinction between the terms "religion" and "spirituality" in research and clinical practice. It reviews research on religion and mental health, as well as extensive research literature on the mind-body relationship, and develops a model to explain how religious involvement may impact physical health through the mind-body mechanisms.
It also explores the direct relationships between religion and physical health, covering such topics as immune and endocrine function, heart disease, hypertension and stroke, neurological disorders, cancer, and infectious diseases; and examines the consequences of illness including chronic pain, disability, and quality of life. Finally, the Handbook reviews research methods and addresses applications to clinical practice. Theological perspectives are interwoven throughout the chapters. The Handbook is the most insightful and authoritative resource available to anyone who wants to understand the relationship between religion and health.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 1192 pages
  • 180.34 x 256.54 x 58.42mm | 1,973.12g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0195335953
  • 9780195335958
  • 557,093

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Not only researchers, but all concerned about health, should be grateful for the wealth of information this volume provides to support better research in the future. * Second Opinion (for the previous edition) * I encourage anyone concerned with faith and health, to get this book. * Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health (for the previous edition) * This would be an excellent addition to the library of congregations and their clergy, health educators, youth workers, and professional chaplains. * Anglican Theological Review (for the previous edition) * In addition to presenting a synopsis of the overwhelming amount of research in this area, the authors provide a thoughtful reflection and commentary that is based on their collective understanding of this research and its application. Does the book deliver on its promise? Absolutely. This is a must read for anyone interested in this field. It is well written, comprehensive, scholarly, and engaging... The authors should be commended for an extraordinary job on this
soon to be classic text. * Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion (for the previous edition) * This book provides a fascinating look at the role of religion and the use of health services against the background of the current availability of and access to health care across all segments of society... This is an unparalleled resource not only for physicians with an interest in the relationship between religion and health but perhaps even more for those who doubt its significance. All physicians should consider the possibility that something so meaningful to a
large number of patients might also be good for their health. * Journal of the American Medical Association (for the previous edition) *
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About Harold G. Koenig

Harold G. Koenig is professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and assiciate professor of medicine at Duke University Medical Center, and is a distinguished adjunct professor at King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He is director of Duke University's Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health in Durham, North Carolina. Dana E. King is professor of family medicine and vice chair of the Department of Family Medicine at the Medical University of
South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina. Verna Benner Carson is associate professor of nursing at Towson University in Fallston, Maryland.
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Table of contents

Foreword (Linda George) ; Preface (Jeff Levin) ; Introduction ; I. Background ; 1. A history of religion, medicine, and health care ; 2. Definitions ; II. Debating religion's effects on health ; 3. Religion: good or bad? ; 4. Coping with stress ; 5. Religion and coping ; III. Research on religion and mental health ; 6. Well-being and positive emotions ; 7. Depression ; 8. Suicide ; 9. Anxiety disorders ; 10. Psychotic disorders ; 11. Alcohol and drug use ; 12. Delinquency and crime ; 13. Marital instability ; 14. Personality and personality disorder ; 15. Understanding religion's effects on mental health ; IV. Research on religion and physical health ; 16. Heart disease ; 17. Hypertension ; 18. Cerebrovascular disease ; 19. Alzheimer's disease and dementia ; 20. Immune fuctions ; 21. Endocrine system ; 22. Cancer 23. Mortality 24. Physical disability 25. Pain and somatic symptoms ; 26. Health behaviors ; 27. Disease prevention ; V. Understanding the religion-physical health relationship ; 28. Psychological, social, and behavioral pathways ; 29. Conclusions ; Appendix. Studies on religion and health (by health outcome) ; References ; Index
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