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Handbook of Religion and Health

ISBN-10: 0195118669

ISBN-13: 9780195118667

Edition: 2001

Authors: Harold G. Koenig, Michael E. McCullough, David B. Larson, Harold G. Koenig

List price: $105.00
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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.
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Book details

List price: $105.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/11/2001
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 728
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.25" long x 2.25" tall
Weight: 3.234
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Handbook of Religion and Health
Introduction
Historical Context
Definitions
Historical Timeline
Debating Religion's Effects on Health
Religion's Positive Effects
Religion's Negative Effects
The Patient's Experience
Research on Religion and Mental Health
Weil-Being
Depression
Suicide
Anxiety Disorders
Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses
Alcohol and Drug Use
Delinquency
Marital Instability
Personality
Understanding Religion's Effects on Mental Health
Research on Religion and Physical Disorders
Heart Disease
Hypertension
Cerebrovascular Disease and the Brain
Immune System Dysfunction
Cancer
Mortality
With Shelley Dean Kilpatrick
Pain and Other Somatic Symptoms
Health Behaviors
Understanding Religion's Effects on Physical Health
Religion and Use of Health Services
Disease Prevention, Disease Detection, and Treatment Compliance
Use of General Medical and Mental Health Services
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Clinical Applications
Health Professionals
Religious Professionals
Priorities for Future Research
Areas of Research That Need Further Study
Research Methods
Measurement Tools
Studies on Religion and Health by Health Outcome
Topics Arranged in Order of Chapters in Book
Conclusions
Index