Handbook of Religion and Mental Health

Handbook of Religion and Mental Health

1st Edition - September 11, 1998

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  • Editors: David Rosmarin, Harold Koenig
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080533711

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The Handbook of Religion and Mental Health is a useful resource for mental health professionals, religious professionals, and counselors. The book describes how religious beliefs and practices relate to mental health and influence mental health care. It presents research on the association between religion and personality, coping behavior, anxiety, depression, psychoses, and successes in psychotherapy and includes discussions on specific religions and their perspectives on mental health.

Key Features

  • Provides a useful resource for religious and mental health professionals
  • Describes the connections between spirituality, religion, and physical and mental health
  • Discusses specific religions and their perspectives on mental health
  • Presents research on the association between religion and personality, coping behavior, anxiety, depression, psychoses, and successes in psychotherapy


Academic researchers in social psychology and personality as well as clinical psychology and sociology; professional practicing psychologists and clinicians

Table of Contents

  • H.A. Pincus, Preface.
    H.G. Koenig, Introduction.
    Historical Background:
    S.B. Thielman, Reflections on the Role of Religion in the History of Psychiatry.
    S.G. Post, Ethics, Religion, and Mental Health.
    A New Research Frontier:
    J.S. Levin and L.M. Chatters, Research on Religion and Mental Health: An Overview of Empirical Findings and Theoretical Issues.
    E.L. Idler and L.K. George, What Sociology Can Help Us Understand About Religion and Mental Health.
    R.A. Emmons, Religion and Personality.
    A.B. Newberg and E.G. d'Aquili, The Neuropsychology of Spiritual Experience.
    M.E. McCullough and D.B. Larson, Future Directions in Research.
    Religion and Mental Functioning:
    K.I. Pargament and C.R. Brant, Religion and Coping.
    G.J. Kennedy, Religion and Depression.
    J.A. Thorson, Religion and Anxiety: Which Anxiety? Which Religion? W.P. Wilson, Religion and Psychoses.
    J. Booth and J.E. Martin, Spiritual and Religious Factors in Substance Use, Dependence, and Recovery.
    Religious Perspectives on Mental Health:
    H.N. Malony, Religion and Mental Health from the Protestant Perspective.
    N.C. Kehoe, Religion and Mental Health from the Catholic Perspective.
    S.H. Barlow and A.E. Bergin Religion and Mental Health from the Mormon Perspective.
    G.R. Mosley, Religion and Mental Health from the Unity Perspective.
    M.R. Zedek, Religion and Mental Health from the Jewish Perspective.
    B.W. Scotton, Treating Buddhist Patients.
    N.V. Juthani, Understanding and Treating Hindu Patients.
    S.A. Husain, Religion and Mental Health from the Muslim Perspective.
    A.D. Gaines, Religion and Culture in Psychiatry: Christian and Secular Psychiatric Theory and Practice in the United States.
    Clinical Applications:
    H.G. Koenig and J. Pritchett, Religion and Psychotherapy.
    L. VandeCreek, D. Carl, and D. Parker, The Role of Nonparish Clergy in the Mental Health System.
    A.J. Weaver, Mental Health Professionals Working with Religious Leaders.
    Education of Mental Health Professionals:
    E.S. Bowman, Integrating Religion into the Education of Mental Health Professionals.
    D.G. Blazer, Religion and Academia in Mental Health.
    H.G. Koenig, Summary and Conclusions.

Product details

  • No. of pages: 408
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 1998
  • Published: September 11, 1998
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780080533711

About the Editors

David Rosmarin

David H. Rosmarin, PhD, is director of the Spirituality and Mental Health Program at McLean Hospital and an assistant professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, part-time, at Harvard Medical School. He supervises the provision of spiritually-integrated services in clinical units throughout the hospital’s divisional structure, and collaborates with laboratories to study the clinical relevance of spirituality to anxiety, mood, psychotic, substance use, and other disorders. Dr. Rosmarin’s work on integrating spirituality into cognitive behavioral therapy has received wide acclaim. He has authored over 40 peer-reviewed scientific publications, numerous editorials/book chapters, and over 100 abstracts. Dr. Rosmarin’s clinical work and research have received media attention from ABC, NPR, Scientific American, the Boston Globe and the New York Times.

Affiliations and Expertise

Director, Spirituality and Mental Health Program, McLean Hospital and Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

Harold Koenig

Harold Koenig completed his undergraduate education at Stanford University, nursing school at San Joaquin Delta College, medical school training at the University of California at San Francisco, and geriatric medicine, psychiatry, and biostatistics training at Duke University Medical Center. He is on the faculty at Duke as Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Associate Professor of Medicine. He is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medicine at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and Adjunct Professor in the School of Public Health at Ningxia Medical University, Yinchuan, People’s Republic of China. Dr. Koenig is Director of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University Medical Center, and has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion, with over 500 scientific peer-reviewed publications and book chapters and nearly 50 books in print or preparation. His research on religion, health and ethical issues in medicine has been featured on dozens of national and international TV news programs, over a hundred national or international radio programs, and hundreds of newspapers and magazines. Dr. Koenig has given testimony before the U.S. Senate (1998) and U.S. House of Representatives (2008) concerning the benefits of religion and spirituality on public health, and travels widely to give seminars and workshops on this topic. He is the recipient of the 2012 Oskar Pfister Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the 2013 Gary Collins Award from the American Association of Christian Counselors.

Affiliations and Expertise

Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina, USA

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