Handbook of Religion and Health

Hardcover | February 15, 2012

byHarold G. Koenig, Dana E. King, Verna B. Carson

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The Handbook of Religion and Health has become the seminal research text on religion, spirituality, and health, outlining a rational argument for the connection between religion and health. The Second Edition completely revises and updates the first edition. Its authors are physicians: apsychiatrist and geriatrician, a primary care physician, and a psychiatrist and theologian, all with advanced degrees in epidemiology and public health. The Second Edition surveys the historical connections between religion and health and grapples with the distinction between the terms 'religion' and 'spirituality' in research and clinical practice. It reviews research on religion and mental health, as well as extensive research literature onthe mind-body relationship, and develops a model to explain how religious involvement may impact physical health through the mind-body mechanisms. It also explores the direct relationships between religion and physical health, covering such topics as immune and endocrine function, heart disease,hypertension and stroke, neurological disorders, cancer, and infectious diseases; and examines the consequences of illness including chronic pain, disability, and quality of life. Finally, the Handbook reviews research methods and addresses applications to clinical practice. Theological perspectives are interwoven throughout the chapters. The Handbook is the most insightful and authoritative resource available to anyone who wants to understand the relationship betweenreligion and health.

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The Handbook of Religion and Health has become the seminal research text on religion, spirituality, and health, outlining a rational argument for the connection between religion and health. The Second Edition completely revises and updates the first edition. Its authors are physicians: apsychiatrist and geriatrician, a primary care phy...

Harold G. Koenig completed his undergraduate education at Stanford University, his medical school training at the University of California at San Francisco, and his geriatric medicine, psychiatry, and biostatistics training at Duke University Medical Center. He is board certified in general psychiatry, and is on the faculty at Duke a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:1040 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.98 inPublished:February 15, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195335953

ISBN - 13:9780195335958

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Table of Contents

Linda George: ForewordJeff Levin: PrefaceIntroductionI. Background1. A history of religion, medicine, and health care2. DefinitionsII. Debating religion's effects on health3. Religion: good or bad?4. Coping with stress5. Religion and copingIII. Research on religion and mental health6. Well-being7. Depression8. Suicide9. Anxiety10. Psychotic disorders11. Alcohol and drug use12. Delinquency13. Marital instability14. Personality and personality disorder15. Understanding religion's effects on mental healthIV. Research on religion and physical health16. Heart disease17. Hypertension18. Cerebrovascular disease19. Alzheimer's disease and dementia20. Immune system21. Endocrine system22. Cancer23. Mortality24. Physical disability25. Pain and somatic symptoms26. Health behaviors27. Disease preventionV. Understanding the religion-physical health relationship28. Psychological, social, and behavioral pathways29. ConclusionsAppendix. Studies on religion and health (by health outcome)ReferencesIndex