Annals of Behavioral Medicine: Spirituality, Religiousness, by Paul J. Mills

By Paul J. Mills

The impetus for this exact factor arose from a panel presentation on spirituality, religiousness, and well-being on the annual assembly of the Society of Behavioral drugs. jointly, the articles offer readers with an appreciation of the varied learn and scientific demanding situations inquisitive about figuring out the influence of religious ideals and practices on health and wellbeing, and the artistic ways being taken to deal with them.

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Next, many have been stigmatized by their churches (10,11,12). In their ambivalence toward organized religion (13), some have been able to redefine their connection with the sacred in new terms outside of traditional religion and, therefore, have had to struggle to find a way to do so. Finally, the studied group represents wide ethnic diversity and socioeconomic backgrounds. Traditional religious institutions are places of importance both to ethnic majorities and minorities and remain an important site for community social gatherings where minorities may be supported (14).

92). ,” was used to examine the validity of the Ironson–Woods SR Index. Psychosocial measures. Perceived stress was measured by the Perceived Stress Scale (22,23), which measures “the degree to which situations in one’s life are appraised as stressful” (22, p. 385). The State–Trait Anxiety Inventory (24), State version with 20 items was used for this study. The Beck Depression Inventory (25,26) 21-item version was given to participants as the measure of depression. The Beck Hopelessness Scale (27), a 20-item scale, was used to measure hopelessness.

These authors called for more systematic research. 29). In their conclusions, they recommended researchers use more reliable measures of multiple dimensions of religious involvement (including public religious involvement, private religious activities, and religious beliefs). Koenig, McCullough, and Larson (7) and Larson, McCullough, and Swyers (8) pointed out the need for a clearer conceptualization of religiousness and for differentiation between spirituality and religiousness. We, therefore, felt that a measure that would capture both spirituality and religiousness was needed.

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