Citations are taken from the Sociology of Religion Searchable Bibliographic Database, created and updated by Anthony J. Blasi (Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Notre Dame; University of Texas at San Antonio). The ARDA is not responsible for content or typographical errors.
  • A Measure of Religiousness, and its Relation to Parent and Child Mental Health Variables.
    Strayhorn, Joseph M., Carla S. Weidman, and David Larson (1990)
    Journal of Community Psychology 18: 34-43.
    Associated Search Terms: Religiosity scale; Mental health
  • Religion and Psychological Distress.
    Ross, Catherine E. (1990)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 29:2: 236-245.
    Analysis of an Illinois sample shows a curvilinear effect of belief strength on distress.
    Associated Search Terms: United States, Illinois; Mental health; Jewish, U.S.A.; Protestant, U.S.A.; Belief; Distress; Catholic, U.S.A.
  • New Religions, Mental Health, and Social Control.
    Rochford, E. Burke, Jr., Sheryl Purvis, and NeMar Eastman (1989)
    In Monty L. Lynn and David O. Moberg (eds.) Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, Vol. I. Greenwich, Connecticut: JAI press.
    Associated Search Terms: New religions; Medical; Social control
  • Religious Life-styles and Mental Health: An Explortory Study.
    Bergin, Allen E., Randy D. Stinchfield, Thomas A. Gaskin, Kevin S. Masters, and Clyde E. Sullivan (1988)
    Journal of Counseling Psychology 35:1: 91-98.
    Analyzes questionnaire & open-ended interview data from Mormon undergraduates; saw no relation of mental health to religiosity, but continuous vs. discontinuous & mild vs. intense experience predicted better mental health.
    Associated Search Terms: Mormon; Mental health; Students, undergraduate; Experience
  • Religious Activities and Attitudes of Elder Adults in a Geriatric Assessment Clinic.
    Koenig, Harold G. (1988)
    Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 36:4: 362-374.
    Analyzes 1985-86 questionnaire data from elderly outpatients; finds high rates of orthodoxy, religious participation, devotionalism, & intrinsic religion integral to mental & physical health.
    Associated Search Terms: Devotionalism; Gerontology; Orthodoxy (doctrinal); Medical; Intrinsic/extrinsic; Practice
  • Life-style and Health Status of American Catholic Priests.
    Fichter, Joseph H. (1987)
    Social Compass 34:4: 539-548.
    Based on a survey of 4,660 Catholic priests in the U.S.A. Their state of health corrected with abstention from tobacco, moderate use of alcoholic beverages, physical exercise, hours of sleep, and control of weight. Those in good health also tended to have good mental health.
    Associated Search Terms: Catholic, U.S.A.; Clergy; Health; Mental health
  • Psychosocial Wellness Among Spiritual Healing Adherents.
    Glick, Deborah C. (1986)
    Social Science and Medicine 22: 579-586.
    Based on an exploratory, comparison group study of participants in spiritual healing practices carried out over a 2-year period (1981–83) in Baltimore, MD. In this study, participation in such forms of healing, which generally occurs in small groups, is related to various measures of psychosocial wellness.
    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; Healing
  • Maintenance of Religious Fundamentalism.
    Hood, Ralph W., Jr., Ronald J. Morris, and Paul J. Watson (1986)
    Psychological Reports 59: 547-559.
    Notes the paradigm defense phenomenon when fundamentalists encounter threatening ideologies. Cautions against labeling fundamentalist belief items or defense stances pathological, & notes class as a confounding factor.
    Associated Search Terms: Fundamentalist; Stratification; Mental health
  • L'Église et la Santé Sentale: Vers un Nouvel Engagement?
    Boudreau, Françoise (1985)
    Sociologie et sociétés 17:1: 93-108.
    Uses interview material to examine the involvement of clergy & religious in Quebec mental health services.
    Associated Search Terms: Medical; Mental health; Psychiatry; Clergy role; Canada, Quebec; Catholic, Canada
  • The Confucian Paradigm of Man: A Sociological View.
    King, Ambrose Y.C., and M.H. Bond (1985)
    In Wen-shing Tseng and David Y.H. Wu (eds.) Chinese Culture and Mental Health. Orlando, Florida: Academic, pp. 29-45.
    Associated Search Terms: Confucian
  • The Role of the Black Church in Community Medicine.
    Levin, Jeffrey S. (1984)
    Journal of the National Medical Association 76: 477-483.
    A number of health programs based in or affiliated with the Black church have operated throughout the U.S.A., & these programs, along with the corpus of literature comprising conceptual articles favorable toward such a role, are reviewed within 4 areas of community medicine: primary care delivery, community mental health, health promotion & disease prevention, & health policy.
    Associated Search Terms: Medical; African Americans
  • Religiosity and Mental Health: A Critical Reevaluation and Meta-analysis.
    Bergin, Allen E. (1983)
    Professional Psychology: Research and Practice 14:2: 170-184.
    Reviews 24 studies of religion & mental health; finds no simple pattern & notes measurement problems that are being overcome with time.
    Associated Search Terms: Mental health
  • Mental Health and the New Religions.
    Hargrove, Barbara J.W. (1983)
    Iliff Review 40:2: 25-36.
    Associated Search Terms: New religions; Mental health
  • New Religious Movements and Mental Health.
    Kuner, Wolfgang (1983)
    In Eileen Barker (ed.) Of Gods and Men. New Religious Movements in the West. Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, pp. 255-263.
    Associated Search Terms: Children of God, Germany; Germany, West; Ananda Marga, Germany; Unification Church, Germany; Mental health
  • Catharsis in Healing, Ritual, and Drama.
    Scheff, Thomas J. (1979)
    Berkeley: University of California Press.
    Associated Search Terms: Ritual; Mental health
  • The Pessimistic Sect's Influence on the Mental Health of its Members: The Case of Jehovah's Witnesses.
    Montague, Havor (1977)
    Social Compass 24:1: 135-147.
    Advanced age & socio-economic status are more important contributors to the high rate of mental illness among Jehovah's Witnesses than anything inherent in the religion itself.
    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; Jehovah´s Witness, U.S.A.
  • An Empirical Typology of Religious Experience: Its Validation and Relationship to Psychotic Experience.
    Margolis, Robert D. (1977)
    Unpublished Ph.D.. dissertation, Georgia State University. [DA 39:1 B, p. 362]
    Content analysis & factor analysis of interview data from 45 people who reported having had religious experiences.
    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; Content analysis; Experience; Factor analysis
  • RX: Spiritist as Needed. A Study of a Puerto Rican Community Mental Health Resource.
    Harwood, Alan (1977)
    New York: Wiley.
    Based on 1968-70 participant observation & interviews in an area served by a New York City health center; focuses on spirtualist healing among Puerto Ricans.
    Associated Search Terms: Healing; Puerto Rican Americans; Spiritualist, U.S.A.; United States, New York, New York; Medical
  • The Clergy as a Mental Health Resource: I & II.
    Bell, Roger A., Robert R. Morris, Charles E. Holzer, and George J. Warheit (1976)
    Journal of Pastoral Care 30:2: 103-115.
    Results of a recent research project conducted in an area of mid-Florida. The group surveyed was predominantly parish clergy. This article gives some indication of the results of this survey as it speaks to the issue of the clergy as a mental health resource.
    Associated Search Terms: Clergy role; Mental health
  • Healing of Memories: Psychotherapeutic Ritual among Catholic Pentecostals.
    Csordas, Thomas J., and Steven Cross (1976)
    Journal of Pastoral Care 30: 245-257.
    Associated Search Terms: Ritual; Mental health; Pentecostal, Catholic, U.S.A.; Healing
  • Des rapports de la paranoïa avec une communauté 'intégriste' catholique.
    Salles, Yves (1975)
    Thèse pour le doctorat, Univesité de Bordeaux-II.
    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; Integralism; Catholic
  • The Influence of the Community on the Mental Health Role of Ministers.
    Bentz, W. Kenneth (1972)
    Review of Religious Research 14:1: 37-40.
    Analyzes data from 3 American communities.
    Associated Search Terms: Medical; Clergy role; Community
  • Psychopathology and Religious Commitment.
    Stark, Rodney (1971)
    Review of Religious Research 12:3: 165-176.
    Analyzes 1966 interview data from 100 patients from the San Mateo County (California) Mental Health Department, & from a control group; shows psychopathology inversely related to religiosity.
    Associated Search Terms: United States, California, San Mateo County; Mental health; Psychopathology; Religiosity
  • The Origins and Correlates of Religious Adherence and Apostasy among Mental Health Professionals.
    Spray, S. Lee, and John H. Marx (1969)
    Sociological Analysis 30:3: 132-150.
    Analyzes questionnaire data from professional therapeutic personnel working in the Chicago, Los Angeles, & New York areas; focuses on religious biographies.
    Associated Search Terms: Psychologists; Mental health; Atheist, U.S.A.; Disaffiliation
  • Religious Affiliation and Psychopathology in a Mexican-American Population.
    Meadow, Arnold, and Louise Bronson (1969)
    Journal of Abnormal Psychology 74:2: 177-180.
    Analyzes questionnaire data from Mexican Americans in a southwest U.S. city; shows higher rates of psychopathological responses among Catholics than among Protestants. Proposes an explanation in terms of greater social support in small churches.
    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; Mexican Americans
  • Clergymen's Subjective Feelings of Competence When Dealing with Emotionally Disturbed People.
    Larson, Richard F. (1969)
    Review of Religious Research 10:3: 140-150.
    Analyzes questionnaire data from clergy in Rhode Island & Oklahoma; finds different propensities to refer people to psychiatrists by state & denomination.
    Associated Search Terms: Catholic, U.S.A.; Clergy role; Protestant, U.S.A.; United States, Oklahoma; United States, Rhode Island; Mental health
  • Consensus between Role Expectations and Role Behavior among Ministers.
    Bentz, W. Kenneth (1968)
    Community Mental Health 4:4: 301-306.
    Because of the acute shortage of trained mental health personnel, the role of the minister in community mental health has become increasingly important. This paper deals with the extent to which there is consensus between normative (expected) & actual role behavior of ministers. Some possible reasons for the lack of consensus & its effect on the ministers role are discussed.
    Associated Search Terms: Clergy role; Mental health
  • Differences in Religious Attitudes in Mental Illness.
    Lowe, C. Marshall, and Roger O. Braaten (1966)
    Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion 5:3: 435-445.
    Analyzes questionnaire data from patients in a mental health facility; explores relationships between religiosity & illness variables.
    Associated Search Terms: Mental health
  • Attitudes and Opinions of Clergymen about Mental Health and Causes of Mental Illness.
    Larson, Richard F. (1965)
    Mental Hygiene 43:1: 52-59.
    Associated Search Terms: Medical; Mental health; Stratification; Clergy; Age
  • Psychiatric Orientations of a Selected Sample of New England Clergy.
    Larson, Richard F. (1965)
    Mental Hygiene 49:3: 341-346.
    Analyzes 1963 questionnaire data from clergy in Rhode Island; shows class background & undergraduate training explain whether clergy thought it their role to refer rather than counsel emotionally disturbed people.
    Associated Search Terms: Clergy role; Medical; Mental health; United States, Rhode Island
  • Durkheim, Mental Health and Religious Socialization.
    Zenter, Henry (1964)
    Sociological Inquiry 34:1: 92-107.
    Explains differences in mental illness rates of Catholics & Protestants in terms of the effects of different childhood myth systems.
    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; Socialization; Protestant; Durkheim, Émile; Catholic
  • Clerical and Psychiatric Conception of the Clergyman's Role in the Therapeutic Setting.
    Larson, Richard F. (1964)
    Social Problems 11: 419-427.
    Associated Search Terms: Clergy role; Medical; Mental health
  • Behavioral Science, Religion, and Mental Health.
    Allport, Gordon W. (1963)
    Journal of Religion and Health 2:3: 187-197.
    Argues for co-operation among religion, psychiatry, & social science; proposes the relevance to mental health of 2 kinds of religion--intrinsic & extrinsic.
    Associated Search Terms: Intrinsic/extrinsic; Mental health
  • The Dissonant Religious Context and Emotional Disturbance.
    Rosenberg, Morris (1962)
    American Journal of Sociology 68:1: 1-10.
    Analyzes questionnaire data from juniors & seniors at 10 New York state high schools; finds lower self-esteem, more psychosomatic symptoms of anxiety, & depression among students who belong to religions that are local minorities.
    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; Minority; Students, secondary
  • The Puerto Rican Spiritualist as a Psychiatrist.
    Rogler, Lloyd H., and August B. Hollingshead (1961)
    American Journal of Sociology 67:1: 17-21.
    Observes that spiritualist participation by lower class schizophrenics in San Juan renders their aberrant behavior institutionally meaningful.
    Associated Search Terms: Puerto Rico, San Juan; Spiritualist, Puerto Rico; Mental health
  • The Development of Pastoral Counseling Programs in Protestantism: A Sociological Perspective.
    Johnson, Benton (1958)
    Pacific Sociological Review 1: 59-63.
    Examines how psychotherapy can become a functional part of religious belief systems & how this has occurred.
    Associated Search Terms: Mental health; Seminary; Pastoral counseling; Clergy role
  • The Protestant Parish Minister's Integrating Roles.
    Blizzard, Samuel W. (1958)
    Religious Education 53: 374-380. [Also in Wayne E. Oates (ed.), The Minister's Own Mental Health (Great Neck, New York: Channel Press, 1961)]
    Associated Search Terms: Clergy role; Integration (social)
  • The Parish Minister's Self-Image of His Master Role.
    Blizzard, Samuel W. (1958)
    Pastoral Psychology 9: 25-32. [Also in Wayne E. Oates (ed.), The Miniser's Own Mental Health (Great Neck, New York: Channel Press, 1961)]
    The minister's problem "is to develop an image of himself that is congenial with his theological orientation, that adequately explains his function in the church, and that permits him to be related effectively to all personnel in the social system." This research surveyed 1111 clergymen on their self-image.
    Associated Search Terms: Clergy role
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