Religiosity: Psychological Perspectives, Individual Differences and Health Benefits

Rochelle Cooper

Series: Religion and Spirituality
BISAC: REL075000



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This book reviews several psychological perspectives of religiosity. It studies individual differences and health benefits of religiosity as well. Chapter One focuses on religious conversion and provides a review of psychological concepts related to religious conversion and defines religious conversion as a positive change in religious beliefs including significant changes in spiritual and personal life. Chapter Two examines whether the meaning of life can mediate the relationships between religiosity and hope.

Chapter Three discusses the contribution of religiosity and spirituality to well-being. Chapter Four explores the associations between religiosity, subjective well-being, and psychopathology. Chapter Five describes two studies that explores whether the experience of loneliness is influenced by one’s degree of religious observance. Chapter Six reviews research on whether religiosity is a protective factor for suicidal ideation and behavior. Chapter Seven studies spiritual tactics, sickness and depressed moods in older adults. Chapter Eight reviews often conflicting scientific literature dealing with spirituality and religiosity and eating disorder symptomatology in women. Finally, Chapter Nine discusses religion, spirituality and health in the Chinese context.
(Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1
Psychological Perspective on Religious Conversion: Process, Typology and its Health Consequences
(Peter Halama, Institute of Experimental Psychology, Centre of Social and Psychological Sciences, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Bratislava, Slovakia)

Chapter 2
The Importance of Meaning in Life as a Mediator of Religiousness and Hope in Late Adolescents
(Dariusz Krok, Opole University, Opole, Poland)

Chapter 3
The Contribution of Religiosity and Spirituality to Well-Being
(Stephen J. C. Luehr and Mark D. Holder, University of British Columbia, Psychology, Canada)

Chapter 4
Constructions of Religiosity, Subjective Well-Being, and Psychopathology in Arab Adolescents
(Ahmed M. Abdel-Khalek, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts, University of Alexandria, Egypt)

Chapter 5
Loneliness and Religiosity
(Ami Rokach, The Center for Academic Studies, Or Yehuda, Israel, and others)

Chapter 6
Religiosity and Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
(Karolina Krysinska, David Lester, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, and others)

Chapter 7
Spiritual Tactics, Sickness, and Depressed Mood in Older Adults
(Chau-kiu Cheung, City University of Hong Kong, China)

Chapter 8
Spirituality, Religiosity and Eating Disorder Symptomatology in Women
(Jennifer A. Boisvert, W. Andrew Harrell, Independent Practice, Beverly Hills, CA, USA, and others)

Chapter 9
Religion/ Spirituality and Health in Chinese Context: Where We are and Where Should We Go?
(Jerf W. K. Yeung, City University of Hong Kong, China)


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