Religion and Mental Health - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780128112823

Religion and Mental Health

1st Edition

Research and Clinical Applications

Authors: Harold Koenig
Paperback ISBN: 9780128112823
Imprint: Academic Press
Published Date: 1st March 2018
Page Count: 350
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Description

Religion and Mental Health: Research and Clinical Applications summarizes research on how religion may allow people to better cope and/or exacerbates their stress, and its relationship to the experience of depression, anxiety, suicide, and substance abuse as well as well-being, happiness, life satisfaction, optimism, generosity, gratitude, and meaning and purpose in life. The book looks at this across religions and also by specific faiths, as well as to spirituality for those who don’t ascribe to a specific religion.

The book integrates research findings with suggestions for best practice in treating mental health disorders for religious clients, as well as utilizing religious beliefs and practices as part of the therapy to treat depression (religious cognitive behavioral therapy) and posttraumatic stress disorder (spiritually oriented cognitive processing therapy).

Key Features

  • Summarizes research findings on the relationship of religion to mental health
  • Investigates religion’s positive and negative influence on coping
  • Presents common findings across religions and findings re specific faiths
  • Identifies how these findings inform clinical practice interventions
  • Describes how to use religious practices and beliefs as part of therapy

Readership

Researchers and practitioners in clinical psychology

Table of Contents

Part I. The Past and the Present
1. Historical background
2. Religion and coping
3. Religion and negative emotions
4. Religion and positive emotions

Part II. Specific Religions and Mental Health
5. Protestant Christianity
6. Catholic Christianity
7. Judaism
8. Islam
9. Hinduism and Buddhism
10. Spiritual but not religious

Part III. Clinical Applications
11. Applications in clinical practice
12. Evidence-based religious psychotherapies
13. Conclusions and recommendations

Details

No. of pages:
350
Language:
English
Copyright:
© Academic Press 2018
Published:
Imprint:
Academic Press
Paperback ISBN:
9780128112823

About the Author

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