Handbook of Religion and Health / Edition 2

Handbook of Religion and Health / Edition 2

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by Harold Koenig, Dana King, Verna B. Carson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195335953

ISBN-13: 9780195335958

Pub. Date: 02/29/2012

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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 professor

Overview

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 professor of nursing and specialist in mental health nursing.

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195335958
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
02/29/2012
Pages:
1192
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 10.00(h) x 2.50(d)

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
7. Depression
8. Suicide
9. Anxiety
10. Psychotic disorders
11. Alcohol and drug use
12. Delinquency
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 system
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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