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Spirit, Science, and Health
How the Spiritual Mind Fuels Physical Wellness
Thomas G. Plante, ed., Carl E. Thoresen, ed.
978-0-27599-507-2

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Spirit, Science, and Health

How the Spiritual Mind Fuels Physical Wellness

Thomas G. Plante, ed., Carl E. Thoresen, ed. Thomas G. Plante, ed., Carl E. Thoresen, ed.


June 2007

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A state of the art look at knowledge and ongoing research on the connection between spirituality and health.

From meditation to reciting mantras or praying, spirituality is more and more often being recognized for its beneficial effects on health. In this volume, a team of experts from across disciplines including psychology, medicine, nursing, public health, and pastoral care offer reader-friendly chapters showing the state of the art in understanding this connection. Chapters include attention to special populations such as youth, HIV/AIDS patients, cancer patients, and those in hospice care. Contributors, all members of the Spirituality and Health Institute at Santa Clara University, aim to use the scientific understanding of the spirituality/health connection to promote better health for the general public.

From meditation to reciting mantras or praying, spirituality is more and more often being recognized for its beneficial effects on health. In this volume, a team of experts from across disciplines including psychology, medicine, nursing, public health, and pastoral care offer reader-friendly chapters showing the state of the art in understanding this connection. Chapters include attention to special populations such as youth, HIV/AIDS patients, cancer patients, and those in hospice care. Contributors, all members of the Spirituality and Health Institute at Santa Clara University, aim to use the scientific understanding of the spirituality/health connection to promote better health for the general public. One focus of this volume is to show easy ways to incorporate spiritual practices in an environment that is often multicultural, multi-religious, stressful, hurried, and secular.
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"This book could serve very effectively as a brief reference handbook or as an introductory textbook for the emerging field of spirituality and health--now a component in the curriculum of many schools of nursing, medicine, and other health-related professions, as well as in some colleges of liberal arts or education. The book is a particularly well-integrated collection of short reports on the current state of the field. It covers concepts and assessment instruments typically used in spirituality-and-health research. It also covers basic techniques for self-management and personal development (such as prayer and meditation) that long have been part of spiritual traditions, and increasingly are recognized as having relevance for health maintenance too. The book concludes with consideration of general ethical issues and with problems characteristic of specific population groups, e.g., adolescents, the elderly, HIV/AIDS sufferers, and cancer patients. Contributors treat these issues with discernment, respect, and appropriate expertise....Recommended. All levels."—Choice

"Medicine is increasingly embracing a health promotion rather than disease model. As associates with the Spirituality and Health Institute at Santa Clara U., Plante and Thoreson, introduce 14 chapters examining how the formerly little-researched psychosocial factor of spirituality/religion relates to health in general and to specific patient populations. Social cognitive theory, to which the contributions of preface writer Albert Bandura Stanford U.) are well-known, is used to explain the demonstrated health effects of such practices as meditation and holy name repetition. Case examples treat ethical pitfalls."—SciTech Book News

Endorsements
"Spirit, Science and Health: How the Spiritual Mind Fuels Physical Wellness, edited by two of the top researchers and authorities in the field, covers a wide range of key topics on the frontier of the discipline of spirituality and health. It is an outstanding contribution to the literature that is a must read for skeptics and believers alike in this growing field. Chapters on prayer, meditation, measurement, spiritual growth, spiritual interventions, ethics of integrating spirituality into patient care and special issues related to adolescents, persons who are HIV positive or have AIDS, or cancer, provide a cohesive menu of must-read topics. Each of these chapters is written by authors who are immensely knowledgeable with a depth of research and clinical experience. These are the trendsetters in spirituality and health. This volume will be one that won't stay on your shelf for very long."—Harold G. Koenig, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Associate Professor of Medicine Duke University

"Illuminating, engaging, and intriguing--this book signals a coming of age of the science of spirituality and health. These chapters move beyond the basic question of whether spirituality relates to health to the more sophisticated question of how spirituality relates to health. Written inuser-friendly language, this important work will introduce many readers to the significant body of wisdom--theoretical, empirical, and practical--that is emerging from diverse disciplines on the topic of spirituality and health."—Kenneth I. Pargament, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Bowling Green State University