Faith and Mental Health: Religious Resources for Healing

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Overview

Dr. Harold G. Koenig, internationally recognized for his groundbreaking research on the relationship between spirituality and health, provides an unprecedented source of practical information about the relationship between religion and mental health. Using scientific methodology, he explores how religious beliefs and practices are related to coping and positive emotions, as well as the use of religion for psychiatric disorders, substance abuse disorders, and severe mental illness. Based on this research, he offers an evaluation of whether religious faith represents a resource or a liability in terms of mental health.

Dr. Koenig begins by examining the evolution of the relationship between religion and mental health through the centuries. Historically, major religious traditions have related to the mentally ill and emotionally vulnerable in ways that range from positive to fearful to violent. Today there is a growing consensus that religious factors influence the mental health and wellbeing of persons with mental illness. Drawing on hundreds of research studies and clinical trials that examine the effectiveness of religious psychotherapies from Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist perspectives, Dr. Koenig describes the ways that religious faith can contribute to mental health. He examines how Christianity and other world religions deliver mental health services today, and he makes recommendations, based on research, expertise, and experience, for new programs to meet local needs.

Dr. Koenig's research, analysis, and insights concerning religious interventions will benefit medical school professionals, religious professionals, and anyone concerned with the future of mental health care.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932031911
  • Publisher: Templeton Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 1,042,286
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Harold G. Koenig, MD, is board certified in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and geriatric medicine. He is on the faculty at Duke as professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and associate professor of medicine. Dr. Koenig is Director of Duke’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health and has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion, with over 350 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and close to 40 books in print or in preparation. He is also a registered nurse.

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