Handbook of Religion and Health

Hardcover | December 15, 2000

byHarold G. Koenig, Michael E. Mccullough, David B. Larson

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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; andhealth 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 theirfindings 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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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; andhealth related behaviors such as smoking an...

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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Format:HardcoverPublished:December 15, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195118669

ISBN - 13:9780195118667

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"The most comprehensive book of its kind ever assembled, the Handbook of Religion and Health sets a new standard. Not only have Koenig, McCullough and Larson done their homework, they help us do ours. They have critiqued 1700 separate studies and ranked them according to the rigor ofmethodology and strength of results. The next 25 years of research will be driven by their recommendations and priorities for future research. This is a powerful volume and a seminal contribution to the field."-- Laurel Arthur Burton, Academic Dean, Methodist Theological School in Ohio; ImmediatePast-President of the Association of Professional Chaplains