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Religious Influences on Health and Well-Being in the Elderly

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Religious Influences on Health and Well-Being in the Elderly

SKU# 9780826124043


  • K. Warner Schaie PhD
  • Neal Krause PhD
  • Alan Booth PhD

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"What makes the book's approach so captivating is that each...chapter is written by a different researcher in the study of religion and health. These researchers are responsible for significant portions of the existing literature and methodologies found in this field today....The versatility of the book warrants special mention. It is effective as a survey of work that has already been done on this topic. At the same time, it serves as a wellspring of ideas for new research....This work makes a valuable contribution to the present understanding of research on religion and health. It also serves as a road map to help chart directions for future endeavors in the field."--Sociology of Religion

This volume focuses on the ways in which religious institutions, religious practices, and religious organizations impact the health and well-being of older persons.

Topics examined include:

  • the conceptualization and measurement of religion in late life
  • the relationship between religious coping and possible stress reduction
  • the role of forgiveness as an alternate mediator
  • how social class, gender, and race can influence the specific effect of religion and religious institutions in a diverse aging society

Contributors include L. Chatters, K. Ferraro, L. K. George, E. Idler, S. McFadden, and K. Meador.

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 15, 2004
  • Page Count 320
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826124043
  • EISBN 9780826123985

Table of Contents 

  • An Introduction to Research on Religion, Aging, and Health: Exploring New Prospects and Key Challenges, N. Krause
  • Religious Observance and Health: Theory and Research, E.L. Idler

  • Commentary: Religion and Health: A European Perspective, C.J. Lalive d’Epinay and D. Spini
    Commentary: Observing Religion and Health, R. Finke
  • Prayer, Love, and Transcendence: An Epidemiologic Perspective, J. Levin

  • Commentary: Next Steps in Understanding the Prayer/Health Connection, K.F. Ferraro
    Commentary: Prayer and the Elderly: Exploring a “Gerontological Mystery,” M.M. Poloma
  • Empirical Advances in the Psychology of Religion and Coping, K.I. Pargament and G.G. Ano

  • Commentary: Religious Coping in Later Life, S.H. McFadden
    Commentary: Religion, Coping, and Health, A.S. Willis
  • Religion, Forgiveness, and Adjustment in Older Adulthood, G. Bono and M.E. McCullough

  • Commentary: Unforgiveness, Forgiveness, Religion, and Health During Aging, E.L. Worthington, Jr.
    Commentary: Multiple Forms of Forgiveness and their Relationships with Aging and Religion, M.A. Musick
  • Race and Ethnicity in Religion and Health, L.M. Chatters

  • Commentary: Race and SES Differences in the Relationship Between Religion and Health, K.E. Whitfield and K.I. Jackson
  • Religion and Health in Life Course Perspective, L.K. George, et al.

  • Author Index
    Subject Index