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The Psychology of Religion and Coping : The Theory, Research, Practice - Kenneth I. Pargament

The Psychology of Religion and Coping

The Theory, Research, Practice

Paperback Published: 15th February 2001
ISBN: 9781572306646
Number Of Pages: 548

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When faced with a crisis, why do some people turn to religion to help them cope, while others turn away? Is religious belief merely a defense or a form of denial? Is spirituality a help or a hindrance in times of stress? Building a much-needed bridge between two different worlds of thought and practice--religion and psychology--this volume sensitively interweaves theory with first-hand accounts, clinical insight, and scientific research. The book underscores the need for greater sensitivity to religion and spirituality in the context of helping relationships, and suggests a range of ways that faith might be used more fully to help people in crisis.

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'This volume may be the best book on the psychology of religion in a generation or more. Well written and clearly outlined, it is grounded on an immense foundatino of empirical data.' - Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic; 'This thoroughly researched and well-written work should be on the reading list of every psychotherapist and counselor....Pargament is able in his concluding chapters to present very grounded and useful advice for how religious beliefs and experience could be better utilized in counseling situations, not only as immediate coping devices for current problems, but also as spurs to further psychological and emotional growth.' Journal of Religion and Health; 'As a textbook, The Psychology of Religion and Coping will provide students with a solid foundation and understanding of religion in the coping process... It fills a deep gap in the psychological literature, which for years has neglected perhaps the most important and common way that people cope with stress.' - Harold G. Koenig, MD, MHSc; 'A terrific book, especially for anyone who lives as closely to their own and others' search for meaning in stressful life experiences as chaplains do... Belongs in the hands of every professional chaplain.' - National Association of of Catholic Chaplains; 'A massive, scholarly, even-handed, level-headed book....It sets a new standard of excellence for works on religion and psychology.' - American Journal of Psychiatry

An Introduction to the Psychology of Religion and Coping
A Perspective on Religion
The Sacred and the Search for Significance
Religious Pathways and Religious Destinations
A Perspective on Coping
An Introduction to the Concept of Coping
The Flow of Coping
The Religion and Coping Connection
When People Turn to Religion
When They Turn Away
The Many Faces of Religion in Coping
Religion and the Mechanisms of Coping - The Transformation of Significance
Evaluative and Practical Implications
Does it Work? Religion and the Outcomes of Coping
When Religion Fails - Problems of Integration in the Process of Coping
Putting Religion into Practice
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ISBN: 9781572306646
ISBN-10: 1572306645
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 548
Published: 15th February 2001
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.74