Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality

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Raymond F. Paloutzian, Crystal L. Park
Guilford Press, 2005 - Psychology - 590 pages
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From foremost authorities in the field, this comprehensive volume synthesizes the breadth of current knowledge on the psychological processes underlying spirituality, religious behavior, and religious experience. Presented are cutting-edge theories, conceptual frameworks, methodologies, and empirical findings emerging from all psychological subdisciplines. Coverage includes the neural and cognitive bases of religiousness; social, personality, and developmental issues; religion as a meaning system; and implications for behavior, mental health, and clinical practice. Seamlessly edited, the Handbook provides a definitive portrait of the current state of the science, fosters the development of integrative theory, and identifies vital directions for future research.
  

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It's so nice to have a book-length literature review of an entire subject. I wish more of the social sciences would bother to do this. A concise, yet thorough review (albeit a little dated). I also ... Read full review

Review: Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, First Edition

User Review  - Shane Westfall - Goodreads

This volume does have a very pro-christian/pro-religious slant to most chapters, which can be difficult to wade through if one does not agree with those perspectives. It is also a compilation, which ... Read full review

Contents

Religiousness and Spirituality
21
Current Status and Evaluation
43
Research Methods in the Psychology of Religion
62
Past Present and Future
80
An Emerging New Foundation for the Psychology of Religion
101
Religious and Spiritual Development in Childhood
123
Religious Development from Adolescence to Middle Adulthood
144
Religions Role in Marriage and Parenting in Daily Life and during Family Crises
177
A MeaningSystem Analysis
331
Mystical Spiritual and Religious Experiences
348
Religious Practice Ritual and Prayer
365
Fundamentalism and Authoritarianism
378
Religion and Forgiveness
394
Values Virtues and Vices
412
Do Religion and Spirituality Influence Health?
435
Relationships of Religiosity and Spirituality with Mental Health and Psychopathology
460

RELIGION AND BASIC PSYCHOLOGY SUBDISCIPLINES
197
Cognitive Approaches to Religion
216
Emotion and Religion
235
The Role of Personality in Understanding Religious and Spiritual Constructs
253
Religion Attitudes and Social Behavior
274
Religion and Meaning
295
Religious and Spiritual Struggles
315
Advances in Theory Research and Practice
479
The Psychology of Religion in Clinical and Counseling Psychology
496
The Next Steps in Workplace Spirituality Research
515
A MeaningSystem Analysis
529
One Step toward Integration and an Expansive Future
550
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Raymond F. Paloutzian, PhD, is Professor of Experimental and Social Psychology at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. Previously, he taught at the University of Idaho and was a visiting professor at Stanford University and a guest professor at Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), the American Psychological Society, and the Western Psychological Association, Dr. Paloutzian is a past president of APA Division 36 (Psychology of Religion). He is the author of Invitation to the Psychology of Religion, Second Edition, and the editor of The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion.

Crystal L. Park, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on the roles of religious beliefs and religious coping in response to stressful life events, the phenomenon of stress-related growth, and people's attempts to find meaning in negative life events. She is associate editor of Psychology and Health and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology and The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion. A past president of APA Division 36, Dr. Park is also Principal Investigator on research projects funded by the Lance Armstrong Foundation (examining positive life changes in cancer survivors) and the Fetzer Foundation (examining changes in spirituality and well-being in patients with terminal heart failure).

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