Organized Religion and Senior's Mental Health

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Organized Religion and Senior's Mental Health exposes the role of religion in moderating the stress generated by the common challenges older Americans face, and what churches do to help them in their times of need. Anthony J. Blasi utilizes previous studies carried out in the community of Nashville, Tennessee to discover the psychological impact of common difficulties and the role of public and private religious activity in lessening symptoms of depression that often occur. He found that a feature of faith ...
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Overview

Organized Religion and Senior's Mental Health exposes the role of religion in moderating the stress generated by the common challenges older Americans face, and what churches do to help them in their times of need. Anthony J. Blasi utilizes previous studies carried out in the community of Nashville, Tennessee to discover the psychological impact of common difficulties and the role of public and private religious activity in lessening symptoms of depression that often occur. He found that a feature of faith communities that holds great potential is the opportunity for older people to minister to others who need practical assistance and understanding, including their own peers. Another important aspect lies in the ability of clergy and lay ministers to organize the older people into faith communities and empower them to engage in valuable work, as demonstrated in the work carried out in almost two hundred Nashville area churches.
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Editorial Reviews

American Journal Of Pastoral Counseling
. . .through the book are clear vignettes which make it a readable and comprehensible book even for an individual without a theology, psychology, thanontology or gerontology background.
Booknews
Based upon interviews of individuals who undertook ministries to older people in Nashville, Tennessee, this book describes how the elderly use the churches as a resource and how the presence of organized religion can enhance the lives of older Americans. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761813484
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 3/25/1999
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony J. Blasi is Associate Professor of Sociology at Tennessee State University.
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Table of Contents

chapter 1 List of Tables chapter 2 Preface chapter 3 Elders' Well Being chapter 4 Making and Unmaking Personhood chapter 5 Problems in Later Years chapter 6 Religion as a Resource chapter 7 Ambivalence Over Religion chapter 8 What Churches Do chapter 9 Overview chapter 10 Religion Moderating Depression chapter 11 Sample and Method in the Study of Ministers to Older Persons chapter 12 Index of Names and Sources chapter 13 Index of Topics
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