Spirituality: Global Practices, Societal Attitudes and Effects on Health


Edith C. Roberts (Editor)

Series: Religion and Spirituality
BISAC: REL062000

Spirituality has only recently been conceptualized as a distinct construct from religion or religiosity. For centuries, the term religiosity referred to both personal and public attempts to relate to the divine essence of the universe. More recently, and first among the layperson, the term spirituality has been recognized as a private phenomenon and the term religion as a public phenomenon. This book discusses global practices of spirituality. It also examines societal attitudes toward spirituality and the effects it has on human health. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Spirituality and Mental Health: Current Understanding and Future Trends
Kirby K. Reutter and Silvia M. Bigatti, Gateway Woods Family Services, and Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, Indiana University, Indiana, USA

Chapter 2. Spirituality, Coping, and Psychological Resilience among Alzheimer’s Caregivers
Scott E. Wilks, Samantha M. Bates, and Amy L. Wright, Louisiana State University School of Social Work, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Chapter 3. Policing and Spirituality: Bridging the Gap to the End of Crime
Ginger Charles and Jonathan Smith, Institute for Spirituality and Policing, and Modesto Junior College in Modesto, California, USA

Chapter 4. Transformative Spirituality: Meanings, Challenges and Practice of Compassion in Educational Contexts
Alaster Gibson, Bethlehem Tertiary Institute, Tauranga, New Zealand

Chapter 5. A Critique of Quantitative Measures for Assessing Spirituality and Spiritual Well-Being
John W. Fisher, Federation University Australia

Chapter 6. Believers, Prophets and Visionaries: Attachment, Spirituality and Health
Imre Lázár, Semmelweis University, Institute of Behavioral Sciences, Budapest, Hungary

Chapter 7. From the Beginning to Spiritual Well-Being
John W. Fisher, Federation University Australia

Chapter 8. Spiritual Advocacy in England? How the Overlapping Roles of Chaplains and Independent Advocates Benefit the most Vulnerable in Society
Geoff Morgan, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, London, UK

Chapter 9. The Mapimaí Ritual in the Process of Construction Territoriality Paiter Surui
Adnilson de Almeida Silva, Carlandio Alves da Silva, Sheila Castro dos Santos, Adriana Francisca de Medeiros, Almir Narayamoga Suruí, Professor of Department of Geography and Program Master in Geography (PPGG) and Masters and Doctored in Regional Development and Environment (PGDRA) of the Federal University of Rondônia (UNIR), Brazil

Chapter 10. Toward a Global Understanding of Spirituality and Religiosity: Definitions, Assessments, and Benefits
Sarah E. Koss and Mark D. Holder, University of British Columbia, Canada

Chapter 11. “Spiritual But Not Religious”: Some Contemporary Influences and their Impact on Health
Christian R. Bellehumeur, Lakshmi Sundaram, School of Counseling, Psychotherapy and Spirituality, Faculties of Human Sciences and Philosophy, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Chapter 12. The Spiritual Dimension of Anorexia Nervosa: Clinical and Therapeutic Implications
Rosa Behar and Marcelo Arancibia, Department of Psychiatry, Universidad de Valparaíso, Chile

Chapter 13. Religiosity of Psychotherapists in Santiago de Chile: Results of a Survey
Ramón Florenzano, Facultad de Psicología, Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago de Chile


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