Handbook of Religion and Health / Edition 1

Handbook of Religion and Health / Edition 1

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Handbook of Religion and Health / Edition 1

What effect does religion have on physical and mental health? In answering this question, this book reviews and discusses research on the relationship between religion and a variety of mental and physical health outcomes, including depression and anxiety; heart disease, stroke, and cancer; and health related behaviors such as smoking and substance abuse. The authors examine the positive and negative effects of religion on health throughout the life span, from childhood to old age. Based on their findings, they build theoretical models illustrating the behavioral, psychological, social, and physiological pathways through which religion may influence health. The authors also review research on the impact of religious affiliation, belief, and practice on the use of health services and compliance with medical treatment. In conclusion, they discuss the clinical relevance of their findings and make recommendations for future research priorities.
Offering the first comprehensive examination of its topic, this volume is an indispensable resource for research scientists, health professionals, public policy makers, and anyone interested in the relationship between religion and health.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780195118667
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date: 01/28/2001
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 728
Product dimensions: 9.80(w) x 6.80(h) x 2.10(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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