Religion and Mental Health: Research and Clinical Applications summarizes research on how religion may help people better cope or exacerbate their stress, covering its relationship to depression, anxiety, suicide, substance abuse, well-being, happiness, life satisfaction, optimism, generosity, gratitude and meaning and purpose in life. The book looks across religions and specific faiths, as well as to spirituality for those who don't ascribe to a specific religion. It integrates research findings with best practices for treating mental health disorders for religious clients, also covering religious beliefs and practices as part of therapy to treat depression and posttraumatic stress disorder.
Part I. The Past and the Present 1. Historical background 2. Religion and coping 3. Religion and negative emotions 4. Religion and positive emotions Part II. Specific Religions and Mental Health 5. Protestant Christianity 6. Catholic Christianity 7. Judaism 8. Islam 9. Hinduism and Buddhism 10. Spiritual but not religious Part III. Clinical Applications 11. Applications in clinical practice 12. Evidence-based religious psychotherapies 13. Conclusions and recommendations