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  • Belief in human sinfulness, belief in experiencing divine forgiveness, and psychiatric symptoms.
    Uecker, Jeremy E., Christopher G. Ellison, Kevin J. Flannelly, and Amy M. Burdette (2016)
    Review of Religious Research 58:1: 1-26.

    Analyzes 2004 U.S.A. e-mail survey data. Finds a positive association between belief in human sinfulness & 6 psychiatric symptoms, & a negative one between belief in divine forgiveness & 6 symptoms, as well as some inetraction effects.

    Associated Search Terms: Belief; Sin; Mental health; Forgiveness
  • Demonic influence: The negative mental health effects of belief in demons
    Nie, Fanhao, and Daniel V.A. Olson (2016)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 55:3: 498-515.

    Analyzes 2003-08 panel National Study of Youth and Religion (US.A.) data. Belief in malevolent spirits predicts lower mental health scores among adolescents & declines in the scores in young adulthood.

    Associated Search Terms: Belief; Adolescents; Devil; Mental health; Panel study; Young adults; Youth
  • Deviating from Religious Norms and the Mental Health of Conservative Protestants.
    Mannheimer, Andrew H., and Terrence D. Hill (2015)
    Journal of Religion and Health 54:5: 1826-1838.

    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; Conservative; Deviance/social control
  • Is it really religion? Comparing main and stress-buffering effecs of religion and secular civic engagement on psychological distress.
    Acevedo, Gabriel A., Christopher G. Ellison, and Xiaohe Xu. (2014)
    Society and Mental Health 4:2: 111-128.

    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; Civic engagement; Stress
  • My body is a temple: Eating disturbances, religious involvement, and mental health among young adult women.
    Henderson, Andrea K., and Christopher G. Ellison (2014)
    Journal of Religion and Health 54:3: 954-976.

    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; Women; Young adults; Health
  • Prayer, attachment to God, and symptoms of anxiety-related disorders among U.S. adults.
    Ellison, Christopher G., Matt Bradshaw, Kevin J. Flannelly, and Kathleen C. Galek (2014)
    Sociology of Religion 75:2: 208-233.

    Analyzes 2010 Baylor Religion Survey (U.S.A.) data; there was no relationship between frequency of praying & anxiety symptoms. Anxious attachment to God predicted them, secure attachment to God inversely predicted them. Among those securely attached to God, frequency of prayer inversely predicts them & positively predicted them among those anxiously attached to God. See erratum Sociology of Religion 76:1:140.

    Associated Search Terms: Attachment to God; Mental health; Prayer; Anxiety
  • Beliefs about God and mental health among American adults.
    Silton, Nava R., Kevin J. Flannelly, Kathleen Galek, and Christopher G. Ellison (2014)
    Journal of Religion and health 53;5: 1285-1296.

    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; Belief; God, concept of; United States
  • Religion and mental health.
    Schieman, Scott, Alex Bierman, and Christopher G. Ellison (2013)
    In C.S. Aneshensel, J.C. Phelan, and A. Bierman (eds.) Handbook of the Sociology of Mental Health. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, pp. 457-478.

    Associated Search Terms: Mental health
  • Spiritual struggles and mental health: Exploring the moderating effects of religious salience.
    Ellison, Christopher G., Qijuan Fang, Kevin J. Flannelly, and Rebecca A. Steckler (2013)
    International Journal for the Psychology of Religion 23: 214-229.

    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; Salience
  • Belief in life-after-death, beliefs about the world, and psychiatric symptoms.
    Flannelly, Kevin J., Christopher G. Ellison, Kathleen Galek, and Nava R. Silton (2012)
    Journal of Religion and Health 51:10: 651-662.

    Associated Search Terms: Belief; Mental health; Afterlife
  • Forced Termination of American Clergy: Its Effects and Connection to Negative well-being.
    Tanner, Marcus N., Anisa M. Zvonkovic, and Charlie Adams (2012)
    Review of Religious Research 54:1: 1-17.

    Analyzes internet questionnaire data from a snowball sample of Protestant American clergy; 28% had been forced from a ministry position at least once in their careers; they had poorer health than others & lower self-esteem, & were more likely to experience emotional exhaustion.

    Associated Search Terms: Depression; Clergy; Health; Stress; Self-esteem; Mental health
  • Measuring intrinsic religiosity: Scales for use in mental health studies in China--a research report.
    Liu, Eric Y., and Harold G. Koenig (2012)
    Mental Health, Religion, and Culture 16:2:215-224.

    Associated Search Terms: Religiosity scale; Mental health; Measurement; China; Intrinsic/extrinsic
  • Attachment to God, Stressful Life Events, and Changes in Psychological Distress.
    Ellison, Christopher G., Matt Bradshaw, Nilay Kuyel, and Jack P. Marcum (2012)
    Review of Religious Research 53:4: 493-511.

    Analyzes 2005 questionnaire data from members of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Secure attachment to God buffers the effects of stress while an anxious attachment t God exacerbates them.

    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.; Stress; Panel study; God, attachment to
  • The Perceived Prayers of Others, Stress, and Change in Depressive Symptoms Over Time.
    Krause, Neal (2011)
    Review of Religious Research 53:3: 341-356.

    Analyzes 2005 & '07 interview data from American seniors from the 48 contiguous states. The depression occasioned by living in a delapidated neighborhood is reduced for those who believe others often prayer for them.

    Associated Search Terms: Prayer; Depression; Mental health; Gerontology
  • Le Mindfulness ou la méditation pour la guérison et la croissance personnelle: des bricolages psychospirituels dans la médicines mentale.
    Garnoussi, nadia (2011)
    Sociologie 3:2: 259-275.

    Associated Search Terms: Healing; Psychology; Mental health; Meditation
  • Religion and Mental Health in China.
    Liu, Eric Y. (2011)
    In Anthony J. Blasi (ed.) Toward a Sociological Theory of Religion and Health. Leiden: Brill, pp. 141-173.

    Analyzes 2007 Empirical Studies of Values in China data; private religiosity positively predicts life satisfaction, but public religious involvement, membership, or belief do not. Religious effects differ from patterns found in the West.

    Associated Search Terms: Life satisfaction; Mental health; China
  • Longitudinal relationships of religious worship attendance and spirituality with major depression, anxiety disorders, and suicidal ideation and attempts: Findings from the Baltimore Epidemiologic Catchment Areas Survey.
    Rasic, Daniel, Jennifer A. Robnson, James Bolton, O. Joseph Bienvenu, and Jitender Sareen (2011)
    Journal of Psychiatric Research 45:6: 848-854.

    Associated Search Terms: Depression; Practice; Spirituality; Suicide; Mental health
  • Religion and Mental Health: Through the Lens of the Stress Process.
    Ellison, Christopher G., and Andrea K. Henderson (2011)
    In Anthony J. Blasi (ed.) Toward a Sociological Theory of Religion and Health. Leiden: Brill, pp. 11-44.

    Presents the stress process model of the relationship among religion, stress, and mental health outcomes. Religion can limit exposure to stressors, help provide social resources, provide psychological resources, be a part of coping, or cause stress.

    Associated Search Terms: Coping; Stress; Mental health; Social support
  • Psychosocial Health and Spirituality of Theology Students and Pastors of the German Seventh-day Adventist Church.
    Voltmer, Edgar, Christine Thomas, and Claudia Spahn (2011)
    Review of Religious Research 52:3: 290-305.

    2007-08 survey data from German Seventh-day Adventist theology students & pastors show physical health but low scores on mental health.

    Associated Search Terms: Health; Mental health; Seventh-day Adventist, Germany; Clergy; Seminarians
  • Work-related Psychological Health among Clergy Serving in the Presbyterian Church (USA): Testing the Idea of Balanced Affect.
    Francis, Leslie J., Andrew Village, Mandy Robbins, and Keith Wulff (2011)
    Review of Religious Research 53:1: 9-22.

    Analyzes 2006 questionnaire data from Presbyterian (U.S.A.) clergy. Positive effect cannot compeltely compensate for negative effect.

    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; Burnout; Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.
  • Religious Involvement and Religious Struggles.
    Hill, Terrence D., and Ryon J. Cobb (2011)
    In Anthony J. Blasi (ed.) Toward a Sociological Theory of Religion and Health. Leiden: Brill, pp. 239-260.

    Reviews the literature & develops a theoretical model for the relationship between religion & longevity.

    Associated Search Terms: Belief; Mortality; Conversion; Depression; Mental health; Self-esteem; Social support; Doubt
  • The Role of Divine Beliefs in Stress Processes.
    Schieman, Scott, and Alex Bierman (2011)
    In Anthony J. Blasi (ed.) Toward a Sociological Theory of Religion and Health. Leiden: Brill, pp. 45-68.

    Consideration of beliefs about God as a moderating influence between stressors and well-being.

    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; God, emotions toward; God, concept of; Belief; Well-being, psychological; Stress; God, image of
  • Does Religion Protect Against Psychological Distress Among Chronically Ill and poor Women?
    Kilbourne, Barbara, Sherry M. Cummings, and Robert S. Levine (2011)
    In Anthony J. Blasi (ed.) Toward a Sociological Theory of Religion and Health. Leiden: Brill, pp. 95-114.

    Analyzes interview data from low-income female patients in a Nashville, Tennessee, clinic. Dimensions of religion, arrived at through factor analysis, have modest but significant inverse effects on depression.

    Associated Search Terms: Factor analysis; Dimensions of religiosity; Women; United States, Tennessee, Nashville; Poverty; Mental health; Medical; Depression; Stress
  • Religion and mental health among older adults: Do the effects of religious involvement vary by gender?
    McFarland, Michael J. (2010)
    Journal of Gerontology: Social Sciences 65B: 621-630.

    Associated Search Terms: Gerontology; Mental health; Gender
  • Religious Belief and Mental Health: Applications and Extensions of the Stress Process Model.
    Schieman, Scott (2010)
    In David Pilgrim, Ann Rogers, and Bernice Pescosolido (eds.) The Sage Handbook of Mental Health and Illness. Thousand Oaks, California: Sage, pp. 179-210.

    Associated Search Terms: Stress; Mental health; Belief
  • Beliefs about God, Psychiatric Symptoms, and Evolutionary Psychiatry.
    Flannelly, Kevin J., Kathleen Galek, Christopher G. Ellison, and Harold G. Koenig (2010)
    Journal of Religion and Health 49: 246-261.

    Associated Search Terms: God, concept of; Mental health
  • Religion and Psychological Distress in Japan.
    Roemer, Michael K. (2010)
    Social Forces 89: 559-584.

    Analyzes survey data from Kyoto Prefecture.

    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; Stress; Japan, Kyoto; Depression
  • Religion and Depressive Symptoms in Late Life.
    Krause, Neal (2010)
    In Christopher G. Ellison and Robert A. Hummer (eds.) Religion, Families, and Health. Population-Based Research in the United States. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, pp. 229-247.

    Analyzes 2001 inteview data from American seniors. Church-based social support enhances a sense of meaning in life which in turn inversely affects depression symptoms.

    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; Social support; Meaning; Gerontology; Depression
  • Collective Rituals or Private Practice in Texas? Assessing the Impact of Religious Factor on Mental Health.
    Acevedo, Gabriel A. (2010)
    Review of Religious Research 52:2: 188-206.

    Analyzes 2004 Texas survey data; collective religious activity predicts favorabe mental health measures, indivdualistic unfavorable.

    Associated Search Terms: United States, Texas; Religiosity, collective; Religiosity; Mental health; Religiosity, private
  • Religious resources, spiritual struggles, and mental health in a nationwide sample of PCUSA clergy.
    Ellison, Christopher G., Lori A. Roalson, Janelle M. Guillory, Kevin J. Flannelly, and John P. Marcum (2010)
    Pastoral Psychology 59:3: 287-304.

    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.; Clergy
  • Work-Related Psychological Health and Psychological Type Among Church of England Clergywomen.
    Robbins, Mandy, and Leslie J. Francis (2010)
    Review of Religious Research 52:1: 57-71.

    Analyzes survey (psychological instruments) data from Church of England clergy women.

    Associated Search Terms: Burnout; Women; Clergy; Mental health; Church of England
  • Research on religion, spirituality, and mental health: A review.
    Koenig, Harold G. (2009)
    Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 54:5: 283-291.

    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; Spirituality
  • Religious Service Attendance and Distress: The Moderating Role of Stressful Life Events and Race/Ethicity.
    Tabak, Melanie A., and Kristin D. Mickelson (2009)
    Sociology of Religion 70:1: 49-64.

    Secondary analysis of early 1990s interview data from non-institutionalized adults in the contiguous U.S.A. states aged 15-54; moderate level of attendance is associated with fewer symptoms of distress.

    Associated Search Terms: United States; Practice; Mental health
  • The Influence of Religiosity on Depression among Low-Income People with Diabetes.
    Kilbourne, Barbara, Sherry M. Cummings, and Robert S. Levine (2009)
    Health and Social Work 34: 137-147.

    Associated Search Terms: Depression; Stress; Poverty; Medical; Mental health
  • Beliefs about life-after-death, psychiatric symptomology, and cognitive theories of psychopathology.
    Flannelly, KevinJ., Christopher G. Ellison, Kathleen Galek, and Harold G. Koenig (2008)
    Journal of Psychology and Theolgy 36:2: 94-103.

    Associated Search Terms: Afterlife; Mental health
  • Prayer, God Imagery, and Symptoms of Psychopathology.
    Bradshaw, Matt, Christopher G. Ellison, and Kevin J. Flannelly (2008)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 47:4: 644-659.

    Analyzes 2004 online survey data from Americans; an image of and prayer to a remote & unloving God correlates with psychopathology symptoms; the reverse was true with an image of & prayer to a close & loving God.

    Associated Search Terms: Prayer; Mental health; God, image of
  • The Education-Contingent Association between Religiosity and Health: The Differential Effects of Self-Esteem and the Sense of Mastery.
    Schieman, Scott (2008)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 47:4: 710-724.

    Analyzes 1990-91 interview data from Toronto residents aged 18-55 who were fluent in English; the association between religiosity & mental health is enhanced by education & self-esteem but lessened by a sense of mastery.

    Associated Search Terms: Health; Mental health; Depression; Canada, Ontario, Toronto; Alcohol; Religiosity
  • Clergy as mental health service providers to older adults.
    Pickard, Joseph G., and Baorong Guo (2008)
    Aging and Menal Health 12:5: 615-624.

    Associated Search Terms: Clergy role; Gerontology; Mental health; Social services; Social support
  • Aging in the Church. How Social Relationships Affect Health.
    Krause, Neal (2008)
    West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania: Temple Foundation Press.

    Review of the literature.

    Associated Search Terms: Parish; Prayer; Social support; Stress; Meaning; Coping; Health; Gerontology; Mental health
  • Medicine, Religion, and Health. Where Science and Spirituality Meet.
    Koenig, Harold G. (2008)
    West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania: Templeton Foundation Press.

    Detailed review of the literature on the effect of religiosity on aspects of health.

    Associated Search Terms: Mortality; Coping; Mental health; Suicide; Well-being, psychological; Social support; Health; Anxiety; Depression; Definition of religion; Disability; Stress
  • Challenges to Sanctuary: The Clergy as a Resource for Mental Health Care in the Community.
    Leavey, Gerard, Kate Loewenthal, and Michael King (2007)
    Social Science & Medicine 65:3: 548-559.

    Associated Search Terms: Clergy; Medical; Mental health
  • Beliefs, mental health, and evolutionary threat assessment system sin the brain.
    Flannelly, Kevin J., Harold G. Koenig, Kathleen Galek, and Christopher G. Ellison (2007)
    Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 195:12: 996-1003.

    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; Evolution; Belief
  • Religious Doubt and Mental Health Across the Life Span.
    Galek, Kathleen, Neal Krause, Christopher G. Ellison, Taryn Kudler, and Kevin J. Flannelly (2007)
    Journal of Adult Development 14:1: 16-25.

    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; Doubt; Life cycle
  • Examining the links between spiritual struggles and symptoms of psychopathology in a national sample.
    McConnell, Kelly M., Kenneth I. Pargament, Christopher G. Ellison, and Kevin J. Flannelly (2006)
    Journal of Clinical Psychology 62: 1469-1484.

    Associated Search Terms: Mental health
  • Religiousness and mental health: A review.
    Moreia-Almeida, Alexander, Francisco Lotufo Neto, and Harold G. Koenig (2006)
    Revista Brasileira de Psiquiatria 28:3: 242-250.

    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; Religiosity
  • Belief in life after death and mental health: Findings from a national survey.
    Flannelly, Kevin J., Harold G. Koenig, Christopher G. Ellison, Neal M. Krause, and Kathleen C. Galek (2006)
    Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease 194:7: 524-529.

    Associated Search Terms: Afterlife; Mental health; United States
  • Does Religion Buffer the Effects of Discrimination on Mental Health? Differing Effects by Race.
    Bierman, Alex (2006)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 45:4: 551-565.

    Based on 1995 U.S. survey data from adults in the 48 contiguous states; religious attendance moderates distress, seemingly related to discrimination, among African Americans.

    Associated Search Terms: African Americans; Mental health; Discrimination; Practice; Distress
  • The Clergy as a Source of Mental Health Assistance: What Americans Believe.
    Ellison, Christopher G., Margaret L. Vaaler, Kevin J. Flannelly, and Andrew J. Weaver (2006)
    Review of Religious Research 48:2: 190-211.

    Analyzes 1996 General Social Survey (U.S.A..) data; regular church attenders, biblical literalists, & older people see clergy as advisors in mental health matters.

    Associated Search Terms: Practice; Gerontology; Clergy role; Literalism; Mental health; United States
  • The Sense of Divine Control and Psychological Distress: Variations Across Race and Socioeconomic Status.
    Schieman, Scott, Tetyana Pudrovska, Leonard I. Pearlin, and Christopher G. Ellison (2006)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 45:4: 529-549.

    Based on 2001-02 interview data from senior citizens in & near Washington, D.C.; sense of divine control correlates inversely with distress among African Americans & positively with it among whites.

    Associated Search Terms: United States, District of Columbia, Washington; Gerontology; Stratification; Distress; African Americans; Mental health; Control, divine; Race
  • Religion and Bio-Psycho-Social Health: A Review and Conceptual Model.
    Marks, Loren D. (2005)
    Journal of Religion and Health 44: 173-186.

    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; Medical; Health
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