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Spirituality, religion, and health. An emerging research field.
The investigation of spiritual/religious factors in health is clearly warranted and clinically relevant and the persistent predictive relationship between religious variables and health, and its implications for future research and practice are explored.
Religion and spirituality. Linkages to physical health.
It is concluded that church/service attendance protects healthy people against death and some evidence that religion or spirituality impedes recovery from acute illness is found.
Religious involvement and mortality: a meta-analytic review.
Although the strength of the religious involvement-mortality association varied as a function of several moderator variables, the association of religious involvement and mortality was robust and on the order of magnitude that has come to be expected for psychosocial factors.
Cultivating mindfulness: effects on well-being.
Preliminary evidence is offered that at least one aspect of mindfulness, measured by the Mindful Attention and Awareness Scale (MAAS), can be cultivated and does mediate positive outcomes and distinct meditation-based practices can increase mindfulness.
Forgiveness: Theory, research, and practice.
McCullough, Pargament, Thoresen, The Psychology of Forgiveness: History, Conceptual Issues, and Overview. Part I: Conceptual and Measurement Issues. Rye, Pargament, Ali, Beck, Dorff, Hallisey,
Meditation Lowers Stress and Supports Forgiveness Among College Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Evidence suggests that meditation-based stress-management practices reduce stress and enhance forgiveness among college undergraduates and merit further study as potential health-promotion tools for college populations.
Spirituality and Health
  • C. Thoresen
  • Political Science
    Journal of health psychology
  • 1 May 1999
Although the overall evidence is promising enough to warrant careful and expanded study, the need for a methodological pluralism in research and for cultural sensitivity is recommended.
Volunteerism and Mortality among the Community-dwelling Elderly
Lower mortality rates for community service volunteers were only partly explained by health habits, physical functioning, religious attendance, and social support, while volunteering was slightly more protective for those with high religious involvement and perceived social support.