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Even the most sympathetic reader of this book will be let down in the wake of these introductory claims. The Handbook simply does not take into account why people seek out a religion and what kind of effects religions and their advocates hope to promote in human life. After adolescence, when one might pray for clearer skin and curlier hair, most religious people do not expect their lives will be longer or freer of physical vicissitudes because they meditate on the teachings of the prophets or follow the way of the cross.

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Health, like wealth, may accompany religious devotion, but neither can be its aim. The most disagreeable aspect of the book is its scientism and medical materialism. It is as though the authors believe that religion can best be accommodated within our materialist and consumerist culture by hinting that, like Vitamin C, it may protect us from the common cold.

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Intellectual Retreats Erasmus Lectures. Video Podcasts. Handbook of Religion and Health by Paul R. McHugh November 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. Religions Positive Effects. Religions Negative Effects. Religious Coping The Patrent s Experience.

Handbook of Religion and Mental Health

Immune System Dysfunction. Religion and Disability. Pain and Other Somatic Symptoms. Health Behaviors. Understanding Religionus Effects on Physical Health. Anxiety Disorders. Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine.

Meaning in life and mortality. Journal of Gerontology B. God-mediated control and change in self-rated health.

International Journal for the Psychology of Religion. Watters W. Ellison CG. Religious involvement and self-perception among Black Americans. Krause N, Van Tran T. Stress and religious involvement among older Blacks. Journals of Gerontology. Stress, religiosity, and psychological well-being among older blacks. Journal of Aging and Health. Religiosity and self-esteem among older adults.

Religiousness and depressive symptoms in five ethnic adolescent groups. Religious involvement and attitudes toward parenting among low-income Urban women. Journal of Family Issues. AIDS and Behavior. Health status, health conditions, and health behaviors among Amish women.

Kivett VR. Religious motivation in middle age: correlates and implications. Age and the sense of control among older adults. The relationship between age and depressive symptoms: a test of competing explanatory and suppression influences. Locus of control as a mediator of the relationship between religiosity and life satisfaction: Age, race, and gender differences. Shaw BA, Krause N. Exploring race variations in aging and personal control.

Exploring black and white perceptions of personal control. Sociological Quarterly. The impact of devotionalism and attendance on ordinary and emergency helping behavior. Okun MA. Predictors of volunteer status in a retirement community. International Journal of Aging and Human Development. Volunteering is associated with delayed mortality in older people: analysis of the longitudinal study of aging. Prosocial behavior and religion: new evidence based on projective measures and peer ratings.

Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. Warburton J, Stirling C. Factors affecting volunteering among older Rural and city dwelling adults in Australia.


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Educational Gerontology. Religious diversity and community volunteerism among Asian Americans. Knowledge and beliefs on corneal donation in Singapore adults. British Journal of Ophthalmology. Morgan SE.

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Many facets of reluctance: African Americans and the decision not to donate organs. Journal of the National Medical Association. Forgiveness: an exploratory factor analysis and its relationship to religious variables. Krause N, Ellison CG. Forgiveness by God, forgiveness of others, and psychological well-being in late life.

National survey results for Protestant, Catholic, and nonreligious experiences of seeking forgiveness and of forgiveness of self, of others, and by God. Journal of Psychology and Christianity. Church-based emotional support and self-forgiveness in late life.