Handbook of Religion and Health

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Oxford University Press, 2001 - Religion - 712 pages
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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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Contents

Introduction
3
HISTORICAL CONTEXT
15
Definitions
17
A History of Religion Science and Medicine Historical Timeline
24
DEBATING RELIGIONS EFFECTS ON HEALTH
51
Religions Positive Effects
53
Religions Negative Effects
60
Religious Coping The Patrent s Experience
78
Immune System Dysfunction
276
Cancer
292
Mortality
318
Religion and Disability
331
Pain and Other Somatic Symptoms
344
Health Behaviors
358
Understanding Religionus Effects on Physical Health
382
RELIGION AND USE OF HEALTH SERVICES
395

RESEARCH ON RELIGION AND MENTAL HEALTH
95
WellBeing
97
Depression
118
Suicide
136
Anxiety Disorders
144
Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses
154
Alcohol and Drug Use
166
Delinquency
181
Marital Instability
191
Personality
204
Understanding Religions Effects on Mental Health
214
RESEARCH ON RELIGION AND PHYSICAL DISORDERS
229
Heart Disease
231
Hypertension
250
Cerebrovascular Disease and the Brain
264
Disease Prevention Disease Detection and Treatment Compliance
397
Use of General Medical and Mental Health Services
409
Understanding Religions Effects on Health Service Use
428
Health Professionals
437
Religious Professionals
449
PRIORITIES FOR FUTURE RESEARCH
463
Areas of Research That Need Further Study
465
Research Methods
479
Measurement Tools
495
STUDIES ON RELIGION AND HEALTH BY HEALTH OUTCOME
511
The Studies Earliest to 2000
513
Conclusions
591
References
593
INDEX
689
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Harold G. Koenig, M.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University. Michael E. McCullough, Ph.D., is Director of Research at the National Institute for Healthcare Research. David B. Larson, M.D., is President of the National Institute for Healthcare Research.

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