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Aging and God : Spiritual Pathways to Mental Health in Midlife and Later Years - William M. Clements

Aging and God

Spiritual Pathways to Mental Health in Midlife and Later Years

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Published: 16th September 1994
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This important book examines the relationship between religion and mental health throughout the life cycle, with a special emphasis on later life. It asserts that successful aging is possible regardless of physical health or environmental circumstances, and that religious beliefs and behaviors may facilitate successful aging. Aging and God thoroughly examines the effects of religion and mental health on aging and provides a centralized resource of up-to-date references of research in the field. It focuses on recent findings, theoretical issues, and implications for clinical practice and contains ideas for further research. In Aging and God, you'll also find information on project design that can help you develop grant applications and carry out studies.Aging and God is a helpful book for both mental health and religious professionals. It helps mental health specialists better understand the spiritual needs of older adults and the impact that religion can have on facilitating mental health. It also describes how religion can be utilized in clinical practice and integrated into psychotherapeutic approaches to older patients. The book brings religious professionals current knowledge of the major psychological problems that older adults face and how religion can be used to help alleviate these problems.Full of pertinent information, Aging and God

  • addresses theoretical aspects of human development, focusing on cognitive, moral, and religious faith development
  • examines situations and disorders of particular concern to older persons and looks at how religion can be used as a resource
  • applies research findings to the problem of meeting the spiritual and mental health needs of elders with chronic or acute health problems
  • provides an in-depth look at end-of-life issues such as physician-assisted suicideHospital and nursing home chaplains will find this book informative and encouraging, as will gerontologists, hospital administrators, and community clergy faced with increasingly older congregations. It gives mental health professionals new strategies to help improve the later years of older adults, and makes an excellent text for courses on religion, mental health, and aging. Middle-aged and older adults, as well as their families, will also find Aging and God enjoyable and inspiring as they attempt to grapple with the myriad adjustment and coping problems associated with aging.

Foreword
Preface
Religion and the Mental Sciences
The History of Psychiatry and Religionp. 3
Sigmund Freudp. 17
Conflicting Approaches to Mental Healthp. 27
Overlap and Complementarityp. 47
Theoretical Issues
Theories of Human Developmentp. 67
Fowler's Stages of Faith Developmentp. 87
A Theory of Religious Faith Developmentp. 105
Advances in Research
Depression and Medical Illnessp. 139
Using Religion to Copep. 161
Cases of Religious Coping in Actionp. 189
Religious Coping and Depressionp. 219
Religion and Anxietyp. 247
Clinical Applications
Spiritual Needs of Physically Ill Eldersp. 283
Meeting Psychological and Spiritual Needsp. 297
Use of Religion in Psychotherapyp. 323
Special Concerns in Later Life
The Nursing Home and Alzheimer's Diseasep. 353
Alcoholism/Sexual Dysfunctionp. 381
Family and Bereavement Issuesp. 403
Religious Conversionp. 419
The Final Frontier
Hope for the Dyingp. 441
Suicide in Later Lifep. 463
Physician-Assisted Suicidep. 477
Final Commentsp. 507
Subject Indexp. 509
Name Indexp. 531
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ISBN: 9781560244240
ISBN-10: 1560244240
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 572
Published: 16th September 1994
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 15.2  x 3.68
Weight (kg): 0.89
Edition Number: 1