Identity Religion And Values: Implications for Practitioners

Identity Religion And Values: Implications for Practitioners

by C. Margaret Hall


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Identity Religion And Values: Implications for Practitioners by C. Margaret Hall

Based on 25 years of clinical research and practice, this handbook focuses on religion and spirituality as serious topics and concerns for clinicians and practitioners such as psychologists, counselors, clinical sociologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and other mental health professionals. Identity strongly influences behavior, so a change in identity can change behavior. The ways in which individuals and groups strengthen their identities through making deliberate chokes is the local point of this book. Religions are important sources of values for adding meaning and purpose to decision making and actions. Thus, making deliberate value choices may increase contributions to society at large. From this perspective, tins book considers religion in relation to society, individual, family, gender, responsibility, and social change, among others. Practical suggestions are provided for incorporating an understanding of the roles that religion and value play in a client's identity. Also integrated throughout this book is an innovative clinical theory: identity empowerment. The 10 concepts of this theory show how identity can be expressed in value choices: self, dyad, triad, family, religion, definition of the situation, reference group, class, culture, and society. These ever-broadening spheres of social interaction show how the self becomes an historical element through internalizing religious or secular values. For the reader's benefit and consideration, case studies are presented and followed by details regarding the clinical interventions used in such circumstances.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415763288
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/08/2015
Pages: 202
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi

Preface xiii

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Databases 2

Theoretical Sources 3

Methodology 4

Identity Empowerment Theory 4

Clinical Interventions 6

Religion, Spirituality, and Empowerment 6

Chapter 2 Setting the Scene 9

Self 10

Social Structures 12

Value Choices 12

Families 13

Religion 14

Social Classes 15

Cultures 16

Society 17

Questions and Answers 18

Generalizations 18

Propositions 19

Choices 20

Case Study 20

Strategies for Clinical Interventions 22

Chapter 3 The Individual and Religion 25

Self 26

Identity 27

Individual 28

Beliefs 28

Values 29

Religion 30

The Individual and Religion 31

Questions and Answers 32

Generalizations 33

Propositions 34

Choices 34

Case Study 35

Strategies for Clinical Interventions 37

Chapter 4 Society and Religion 39

Society and the Concept of God 40

Religion and Social Change 41

Religious Symbols 42

Rites and Roles 43

Religion and Community 44

The Individual, Religion, and Society 45

Society and Religion 46

Questions and Answers 47

Generalizations 48

Propositions 48

Choices 49

Case Study 50

Strategies for Clinical Interventions 51

Chapter 5 Families and Religion 55

Families and Beliefs 56

Religions and Family Roles 57

Family Responsibilities 57

Individuals and Families 58

Religions Need Families 59

Families, Religions, and Adaptation 60

Families and Religious Reinforcements 61

Questions and Answers 62

Generalizations 63

Propositions 64

Choices 64

Case Study 65

Strategies for Clinical Interventions 66

Chapter 6 Gender and Religion 69

Religious Dictates and Gender 70

Gender and the Concept of God 71

Gender and Religious Devotions 72

Gender, Religious Beliefs, and Religious Practices 73

Religious Sanctions and Gender Roles 74

Gender, Social Class, and Religion 75

Gender, Identity, and Religion 76

Questions and Answers 77

Generalizations 77

Propositions 78

Choices 79

Case Study 80

Strategies for Clinical Interventions 82

Chapter 7 Social Class and Religion 85

Religion and Evolution 86

Religion and Oppression 87

Religion and Industrialization 88

Religion and Social Status 89

Religion and Social Mobility 90

Identity and Religion 91

Social Class and Religion 91

Questions and Answers 92

Generalizations 93

Propositions 94

Choices 95

Case Study 95

Strategies for Clinical Interventions 97

Chapter 8 Culture and Religion 101

Culture and Society 102

Tradition and Religion 102

Secularism and Religion 103

Constructive Values and Religion 104

Destructive Values and Religion 105

Individual Orientation and Religion 106

Collective Orientation and Religion 107

Questions and Answers 108

Generalizations 109

Propositions 109

Choices 110

Case Study 110

Strategies for Clinical Interventions 112

Chapter 9 Responsibility and Religion 115

Responsibility 116

Religious Responsibility 116

Moral Concerns 117

Ethical Issues 118

Empirical Data and Religion 119

Empirical Data and Responsibility 120

Identity and Responsibility 121

Questions and Answers 121

Generalizations 122

Propositions 123

Choices 123

Case Study 124

Strategies for Clinical Interventions 126

Chapter 10 Social Change and Religion 129

Religion as a Conservative Force 130

Religion and Innovation 131

Religion and History 132

Religion and Evolutionary Adaptation 133

Religion, Moral Agency, and Social Change 134

Religion, Motivation, and Social Change 134

Religion, Identity, and Social Change 135

Questions and Answers 136

Generalizations 137

Propositions 138

Choices 138

Case Study 139

Strategies for Clinical Interventions 141

Chapter 11 Identity and Religion 143

Personal Contexts 144

Work Systems 144

Political Organization 145

Identity, Religion, and History 146

Individuality and the Universe 147

Vocation 148

Identity 149

Questions and Answers 149

Generalizations 150

Propositions 151

Choices 151

Case Study 152

Strategies for Clinical Interventions 153

Chapter 12 Conclusions 157

Social Sources of Identity 158

Social Consequences of Identity 159

Religion and Priorities 159

Orientation 160

Giving to Self 161

Giving to Others 162

Fulfillment 162

References 165

Appendix: Identity Empowerment Theory 169

Index 177

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