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Guilford Press


In this chapter we review recent research regarding the relationship between religious faith/spirituality and mental health outcomes, as well as provide directions for future research and discussion. The specific aspects of mental health and illness that we focus on include well-being, depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and schizophrenia. We also briefly discuss research pertaining to religious faith and personality disorders, eating disorders, somatoform disorders, and bipolar disorder.

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Faith and Health: Psychological Perspectives

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Faith and Health: Psychological Perspectives


Thomas G. Plante
Allen C. Sherman


Reprinted from Faith and Health, Edited by Thomas G. Plante and Allen C. Sherman, Copyright © 2001 by The Guilford Press., 72 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012. Reprinted with permission of The Guilford Press.



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