Psychology of Religion An Empirical Approach

ISBN-10: 1572309016
ISBN-13: 9781572309012
Edition: 3rd 2003
List price: $79.00
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Book details

List price: $79.00
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Publication date: 8/6/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 671
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 3.036
Language: English

Ralph W. Hood, Jr.is Professor of Psychology at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.W. Paul Williamsonis Associate Professor of Psychology at Henderson State University. Hood and Williamson are coauthors, with Peter C. Hill, ofThe Psychology of Religious Fundamentalism.

The Psychological Nature and Functions of Religion
Why Should We Study Religion Psychologically?
What Is the Psychology of Religion?
What Is Religion?
Perspectives on the Psychology of Religion
A Framework for Studying the Psychology of Religion
Overview
Statistical Procedures and Considerations
Foundations for an Empirical Psychology of Religion
Examining Religion Empirically
Distinguishing Religion from Other Concepts
How Is Religiousness Defined in the Psychology of Religion?
Dimensional Approaches to Religiousness
A Perspective from Psychology: Social Psychology
Reductionism and the Idiographic-Nomothetic Controversy
Overview
Religion and Biology
Religion and Biology: A Troubled Relationship
Religion, Genetics, and Evolution: A Theory
Some Alternative Perspectives
Religion and the Brain
The Biology of Religious Behavior
The Biology of Religious Experience
Biological Influence of Religious Teachings and Practices
Religion and Biology in Health and Illness
Overview
Religion in Childhood
Born to Be Religious?
Theories of Religious Development
Concepts of God
Prayer
Religious Experience in Childhood
Attachment Theory and Related Research
Other Work on Religion in Childhood
Overview
Religious Socialization and Thought in Adolescence and Young Adulthood
Religious Socialization
Influences on Religiousness in Childhood and Adolescence
How Religious Are Adolescents and Young Adults?
Does Religious Socialization Influence Adjustment and Nonreligious Behavior in Adolescence?
Religious Thinking and Reasoning in Adolescence and Young Adulthood
Religious Doubts
Apostasy
Religion and Identity Development in Adolescence
Overview
The Form and Content of Adult Religion
Religion in Adult Life
The Collective Expression of Religion
Religious Affiliation and Behavior in the United States
Religious Beliefs in the United States
Gender and Religion
The Significance of Age
The Acceptance and Rejection of Institutionalized Religion
Religion and Elderly Individuals
Religious Purposes
Overview
The Roles and Functions of Religion in Adult Life
How Adults Are Influenced by Religion
Religion and Social Relationships
Religion, Work, and Occupation
Religion in Love, Sex, and Marriage
Religion and Politics
Overview
Religion and Death
Death and Religion: A Framework
Religion, Death, and Immortality
Religion, Death Anxiety, and Death Perspectives
Religion, Death, and Age
Religion and Euthanasia
Religion and Suicide
Religion, Grief, and Bereavement
Death and the Clergy
Death in the Religious-Social Context
Overview
Religious Experience
Conceptual Considerations in Defining Religious Experience
The Body in Religious Experience
Religious Imagery: The Return of the Ostracized
Entheogens and Religious Experience
Overview
Mysticism
Conceptual Issues in the Study of Mysticism
Representative Classical Views of Mysticism
The Empirical Study of Mysticism
A Cautionary Note: Mysticism and the Paranormal
Toward a Theory of Mysticism: Religious and Spiritual
Overview
Conversion
The Classic Research Paradigm: Psychological Dominance
The Contemporary Research Paradigm: Sociological Dominance
Conversion Processes
Deconversion and Related Phenomena
The Complexity of Conversion
Overview
The Social Psychology of Religious Organizations
The Classification of Religious Organizations
Church-Sect Theory
Organizational Dynamics
Cults
The Anti-Cult Movement
Social-Psychological Processes in Religious Participation
Overview
Religion and Morality
Does Religion Dictate Morality?
Moral Attitudes
Moral Behavior
Overview
Helping Behavior and Prejudice
Helping Behavior
Prejudice, Discrimination, and Stereotyping
Overview
Religion, Coping, and Adjustment
Theoretical Approaches to Coping and Religion
Prayer and Forgiveness as Coping Methods
The State of Research on Religion and Coping
Contextual Coping Concerns
Religion and Coping with Major Stress
Overview
Religion and Mental Disorder
Past and Present: Confusion, Conflict, Resolution
Concerns, Cautions, and Directions
Religion as an Expression of Mental Disorder
Religion as a 'Socializing and Suppressing Agent
Religion as a Haven
Religion as Therapy
Religion as a Hazard to Mental Health
Topics of Special Concern
Overview
Epilogue
Research in the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
The Need for Theory in the Psychology of Religion
Extremism, Conflict, and the Psychology of Religion
Final Thoughts: Needs for Today and the Future
References
Author Index
Subject Index

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