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Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality - Raymond F. Paloutzian

Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality

By: Raymond F. Paloutzian (Editor), Crystal L. Park (Editor)


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From foremost authorities in the field, this comprehensive volume synthesizes the breadth of current knowledge on the psychological processes underlying spirituality, religious behavior, and religious experience. Presented are cutting-edge theories, conceptual frameworks, methodologies, and empirical findings emerging from all psychological subdisciplines. Coverage includes the neural and cognitive bases of religiousness; social, personality, and developmental issues; religion as a meaning system; and implications for behavior, mental health, and clinical practice. Seamlessly edited, the Handbook provides a definitive portrait of the current state of the science, fosters the development of integrative theory, and identifies vital directions for future research.

"Paloutzian and Park have produced a marvelous volume that is long overdue. This Handbook is a monumental achievement, bringing together the most prominent scholars to survey the development of research and its promise in specialized areas of the field. This work reflects the remarkable breadth and depth of the growing discipline of the psychology of religion, and is a 'must' for social scientists, clinicians, teachers, and students with serious interest in religion." - W. Paul Williamson, Henderson State University, Arkansas, USA

"This Handbook sends a clear message that religion has come of age as a fertile ground for exciting psychological theory and research. It is noteworthy that so many diverse psychological disciplines - including cognitive, developmental, personality, social, neuropsychological, health, and existential psychology - have something meaningful to say about religion and spirituality. This book will be a 'go-to' resource for anyone involved in research in this area, including graduate students, established researchers who may be new to the study of religion and spirituality, and those already involved in work on religion and spirituality who wish to broaden their perspective." - Susan Folkman, Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, University of California, USA

"...this book is an indispensable contribution to the psychology of religion and spirituality, and one that I am privileged to have on my bookshelves... the editors are to be warmly congratulated on giving us such an informative, illuminating and valuable book." - David Fontana, Scimednet.org, Winter 2008

Foundations of the Psychology of Religion
Integrative Themes in the Current Science of the Psychology of Religion
Religiousness and Spirituality
Measurement in the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality: Current Status and Evaluation
Research Methods in the Psychology of Religion
Psychodynamic Psychologies and Religion: Past, Present, and Future
Evolutionary Psychology: An Emerging New Foundation for the Psychology of Religion
Religion through the Developmental Lens
Religious and Spiritual Development in Childhood
Religious Development from Adolescence to Middle Adulthood
Points of Connection: Gerontology and the Psychology of Religion
Religion's Role in Marriage and Parenting in Daily Life and during Family Crises
Religion and Basic Psychology Subdisciplines
The Neuropsychology of Religious and Spiritual Experience
Cognitive Approaches to Religion
Emotion and Religion
The Role of Personality in Understanding Religious and Spiritual Constructs
Religion, Attitudes, and Social Behavior
The Construction and Expression of Religion
Religion and Meaning
Religious and Spiritual Struggles
Religious Conversion and Spiritual Transformation: A Meaning-System Analysis
Mystical, Spiritual, and Religious Experiences
Religious Practice, Ritual, and Prayer
Fundamentalism and Authoritarianism
Religion and Forgiveness
Religion, Morality, and Self-Control: Values, Virtues, and Vices
Psychology of Religion and Applied Areas
Do Religion and Spirituality Influence Health?
Relationships of Religiosity and Spirituality with Mental Health and Psychopathology
The Religious Dimension of Coping: Advances in Theory, Research, and Practice
The Psychology of Religion in Clinical and Counseling Psychology
From Advocacy to Science: The Next Steps in Workplace Spirituality Research
Religious Violence, Terrorism, and Peace: A Meaning-System Analysis
One Step toward Integration and an Expansive Future
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ISBN: 9781572309227
ISBN-10: 1572309229
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 590
Published: 1st August 2005
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 18.42  x 4.45
Weight (kg): 1.25