Religion, Personality, and Mental Health

Overview

The data from longitudinal studies presented in Religion, Personality and Mental Health indicate that there is no evidence of a consistent link between religiosity and pathology. Psychiatrists have traditionally used religious examples to illustrate such categories as catatonic posturing, delusions and depression. A close look at the role of religion in people's lives, however, shows that religious beliefs and practices have benefits as well as costs for psychological functioning. This book, which includes ...

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Overview

The data from longitudinal studies presented in Religion, Personality and Mental Health indicate that there is no evidence of a consistent link between religiosity and pathology. Psychiatrists have traditionally used religious examples to illustrate such categories as catatonic posturing, delusions and depression. A close look at the role of religion in people's lives, however, shows that religious beliefs and practices have benefits as well as costs for psychological functioning. This book, which includes chapters on religion and counseling, happiness, religious lifestyles and mental health, the role of prayer, women religious professionals and stress, with data from a variety of studies and a review of the literature, will interest a wide range of researchers and practitioners.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781461276319
  • Publisher: Springer New York
  • Publication date: 7/31/2012
  • Series: Recent Research in Psychology Series
  • Edition description: Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 217
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

1.Introduction.- 2. The Uses of Religious Assessment in Counseling.- 3. Psychology in the Phenomenology of Religion: A Critical Essay.- 4. Religion and Mental Health: A Case Study of the Finnish-Swedish Popular Writer Joel Pettersson.- 5. Happiness and Religious Belief.- 6. Religious Life-styles and Mental Health.- 7. Personality and Religious Development during Childhood and Adolescence.- 8. Steps towards a Psychology of Prayer.- 9. The Social Representations of Death: A Study with Cancer Patients, Family Members, and Healthy Individuals.- 10. Rigid Religiosity and Mental Health: An Empirical Study.- 11. Religious Experience, Loneliness, and Subjective Well-being.- 12. Some Correlates of Well-being and Distress in Anglo-Jewish Women.- 13. Women Religious Professionals and Stress.- 14. Welfare Policies, Religious Commitment, and Happiness.- 15. Conclusion.- Author Index.

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