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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819897/teachers-and-parents-perspectives-on-a-curricular-subject-of-religion-and-spirituality-for-indian-schools-a-pilot-study-toward-school-mental-health-program
#1
Parameshwaran Ramakrishnan, Andrew Baccari, Uma Ramachandran, Syed Faiz Ahmed, Harold G Koenig
Religious-spiritual (R/S) education helps medical students cope with caregiving stress and gain skills in interpersonal empathy needed for clinical care. Such R/S education has been introduced into K-12 and college curricula in some developed nations and has been found to positively impact student's mental health. Such a move has not yet been seen in the Indian education system. This paper aimed to examine perspectives of teachers and parents in India on appropriateness, benefits, and challenges of including R/S education into the school curriculum and also to gather their impressions on how a R/S curriculum might promote students' health...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819883/how-the-political-becomes-private-in-vitro-fertilization-and-the-catholic-church-in-poland
#2
Magdalena Radkowska-Walkowicz
The Polish debate on in vitro fertilization (IVF) is extremely heated and highly politicized. The hierarchs of the Catholic vehemently oppose the use of IVF. In this text, I present the Church's approach to IVF. Basing on the documentary film, Three Conversations about Life, and ethnographic research, as well as an analysis of Vatican documents and official statements of Polish bishops, I show how the positions of clergy might influence private lives. I indicate series of tensions associated with the "politics of morality" of the Catholic Church and the daily lives of people, who have children thanks to IVF...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819790/contemplative-meditation-and-neuroscience-prospects-for-mental-health
#3
Denis Larrivee, Luis Echarte
Numerous studies show that personal spirituality developed through prayer positively influences mental health. Phenomenological and neuroscientific studies of mindfulness, an Eastern meditative prayer form, reveal significant health benefits now yielding important insights useful for guiding treatment of psychological disorders. By contrast, and despite its practice for millennia, Christian meditation is largely unrepresented in studies of clinical efficacy. Resemblances between mindfulness and disciplinary acts in Christian meditation taken from the ancient Greek practice of askesis suggest that Christian meditation will prove similarly beneficial; furthermore, psychological and neuroscientific studies suggest that its retention of a dialogical and transcendent praxis will additionally benefit social and existential psychotherapy...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819762/separating-the-limbs-of-yoga-limited-effects-on-stress-and-mood
#4
Evangeline A Wheeler, Antonia N Santoro, Alicia F Bembenek
Though millions of people practice yoga to reduce stress and improve their mood, it is unclear which aspect of yoga is responsible for these effects. To investigate relevant aspects, or "limbs" of yoga, participants who were novices in the practice of yoga engaged in a single yoga manipulation (i.e., poses, breath work, meditation, or listening to a lecture about yoga) for 20 min before experiencing a mild stressor. Participants' heart rate, blood pressure, mood, and anxiety level were assessed, both immediately after the yoga manipulation and after the mild stressor...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815396/reconciling-spirituality-and-workplace-towards-a-balanced-proposal-for-occupational-health
#5
Miguel González-González
We examined the relationship between spirituality in the workplace and occupational health and explored the benefits for employees, employers and the organisation. Using a qualitative methodology, we focused on secular organisations in the service sector to analyse this question in the context of labour relations in Europe. Our results indicate that embracing spirituality in the workplace yields a number of benefits in addition to those of a health-related nature. Religious beliefs and practices can be accommodated in the workplace provided that a balance is maintained between the needs of employers and employees...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808895/comparison-of-offender-and-non-offender-young-men-to-setting-goals-for-life-and-attributing-meaning-to-life
#6
Ali Eryılmaz
The main goal of the present study is to compare male offenders and non-offenders in terms of how they attribute meaning to life and set life goals. The samples were chosen from among offenders (n = 50) and non-offenders (n = 50) who were between ages 19-26. Mixed method was used in this study. The scale of setting life goals and interview form were used to collect data. To analysis of the data, the content analysis technique and t test and were used. Findings of the present study show that offenders tend to have troubles setting life goals when compared to non-offenders...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803410/an-investigation-of-moral-principles-and-mental-training-in-the-p%C3%A4-li-nik%C3%A4-yas-and-their-implications-for-behaviour-modification-and-mental-health
#7
Ashin Sumanacara
This article explicates the fundamental moral principles and mental training of Buddhism that have implications for behavioural transformation and mental health promotion. These techniques are considered to be effective for transforming the unwholesome thoughts and overcoming the afflictions (āsavas). It investigates some methods of mental training that can be designed to fit the behaviour of a practitioner. It also investigates the three key interdependent elements of mindfulness techniques and, in particular, how a simple practice of mindfulness (sati), full awareness (sampajañña), and proper attention (yoniso-manasikāra) can help us modify our behaviour and achieve mental health...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803368/political-affiliation-spirituality-and-religiosity-links-to-emerging-adults-life-satisfaction-and-optimism
#8
Cansu Berivan Ozmen, Gina M Brelsford, Caili R Danieu
The goal of this study was to extend the existing literature regarding the intersection between belief systems shaping psychological processes and subjective well-being among emerging adults. A nationwide sample of 3966 college students reported on their political affiliation, spirituality, and religiosity in relation to their subjective well-being. Multivariate analyses demonstrated that politically conservative participants were significantly more optimistic and satisfied with life than their liberal counterparts and Republican emerging adults reported significantly higher life satisfaction than Democrats...
August 12, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801715/spiritual-care-in-the-icu-perspectives-of-dutch-intensivists-icu-nurses-and-spiritual-caregivers
#9
Suzan Willemse, Wim Smeets, Evert van Leeuwen, Loes Janssen, Norbert Foudraine
Since there are no scientific data available about the role of spiritual care (SC) in Dutch ICUs, the goal of this quantitative study was twofold: first, to map the role of SC as a part of daily adult ICU care in The Netherlands from the perspective of intensivists, ICU nurses, and spiritual caregivers and second, to identify similarities and differences among these three perspectives. This study is the quantitative part of a mixed methods approach. To conduct empirical quantitative cohort research, separate digital questionnaires were sent to three different participant groups in Dutch ICUs, namely intensivists, ICU nurses, and spiritual caregivers working in academic and general hospitals and one specialist oncology hospital...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776125/-for-every-illness-there-is-a-cure-attitudes-and-beliefs-of-moroccan-muslim-women-regarding-health-illness-and-medicine
#10
Chaïma Ahaddour, Bert Broeckaert
In order to provide adequate health care, it is important to be well aware of the views and attitudes of the health seeker regarding health, illness and medicine. In the Belgian context, the views of Muslim women, particularly of middle-aged and elderly Moroccan women, have been understudied. The aim of this article is twofold. First, we seek to bring forward the attitudes and beliefs of middle-aged and elderly Moroccan Muslim women living in Antwerp (Belgium) towards health, illness and medicine. Second, we seek to explore which role religion plays in their views and attitudes regarding health, illness and medicine...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776124/an-interpretative-phenomenological-analysis-of-a-religious-conversion
#11
Naved Iqbal, Anca Radulescu, Anjuman Bains, Sheema Aleem
Religious conversion is an important phenomenon in contemporary religious climate, but existing psychology research work is mostly based on quantitative methods. In an attempt to contribute to this field, the present study proposes a qualitative exploration of religious conversion. The in-depth interview of a French woman is examined in order to investigate her experience of religious conversion, 40 years prior. The interview was analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis, with the purpose of revealing how the participant experienced the process of religious conversion, what was its impact on her life, identity and personality and how she coped with this impact...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776123/self-efficacy-and-nutrition-education-a-study-of-the-effect-of-an-intervention-with-faith-community-nurses
#12
Beth Gotwals
The faith community provides an important access point for practice focused on population health at a time when health issues such as obesity and overweight are affecting large number of Americans. The purpose of this study was to examine faith community nurses' self-efficacy perceptions following a nutrition educational intervention. A convenience sample of 92 faith community nurses were randomly assigned to experimental and control groups. The t-distribution analysis revealed significant differences between the nutrition knowledge self-efficacy (p = ...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770520/relationship-between-spiritual-well-being-and-hope-in-patients-with-cardiovascular-disease
#13
Ameneh Yaghoobzadeh, Mohammad Ali Soleimani, Kelly A Allen, Yiong Huak Chan, Kaye A Herth
Spirituality and hope have been identified as important constructs in health research, since both are thought to enhance a person's ability to cope with the consequences of serious illness. The aim of this study was to examine the relationship between spiritual well-being and hope in patients with cardiovascular disease. Using descriptive, correlational methodology, the investigator gathered data on a convenience sample of 500 patients with cardiovascular disease who were hospitalized in a medical institution in Iran...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770519/defining-the-context-for-best-practices-institutional-setting-for-clinical-pastoral-care-in-estonia
#14
Liidia Meel
The current article aims to offer an informational basis for creating an adaptable model of spiritual support provision for Estonian health care institutions. The study addresses Estonian medical staff's knowledge about and attitudes towards spiritual support. The data originate from a quantitative research conducted in 19 Estonian hospitals during 2015-2016. The results show a good will for interdisciplinary co-operation, and pastoral caregiver is expected to be a part of the staff. The fact that spiritual support is not financed by the state budget funds raises the question about explaining the benefits of spiritual support to the hospital's or clinic's management...
August 2, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766248/roman-catholic-priests-as-referral-sources-and-treatment-aides-for-hispanics-with-substance-misuse-abuse-problems
#15
Mary Cuadrado
This self-administered mail survey study, conducted along the USA-Mexico border, examines Roman Catholic Priests' involvement in aiding Hispanic individuals with substance abuse problems. The Priests were found to be highly involved or willing to be involved in: (1) participating in juramentos (pledge usually to Virgin of Guadalupe, with Priest as witness, to temporarily abstain from substance use), (2) providing referrals, and (3) working with family and/or treatment resources in the community in order to help the person seeking their help...
August 1, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756603/spirituality-and-religion-within-the-culture-of-medicine-from-evidence-to-practice-by-michael-balboni-and-john-peteet-eds-432-pp-oxford-university-press-2017-hardbound-69-95-isbn-9780190272432
#16
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755090/investigating-the-relationship-between-religiosity-and-psychological-distress-among-surgical-inpatients-a-pilot-study
#17
Peter Farag, Abdollah Behzadi
Psychological distress may hinder recovery following surgery. Studies examining the relationship between psychological distress and religiosity in the acute post-operative setting are lacking. The present study investigated this relationship, evaluated protocol design, and explored coping mechanisms. Psychological distress of surgical inpatients was assessed using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and Rotterdam Symptom Checklist (RSCL). Religiosity was assessed using the Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire...
July 28, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748327/determination-of-hopelessness-and-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-heart-disease-an-example-from-eastern-turkey
#18
Papatya Karakurt, Rabia Hacıhasanoğlu Aşılar, Arzu Yildirim, Şeyda Memiş
This descriptive study was undertaken in order to determine hopelessness and quality of life among the patients with heart disease. No sampling was made, and 200 patients who were voluntary and were able to communicate were included in the study. The data of the study were collected using a personal information form that involved questions about patients' descriptive information and their diseases, Beck Hopelessness Scale and SF-36 Quality of Life Scale with a face-to-face interview technique. For the analyses of the data, percentages, means, t test, Kruskal-Wallis and Pearson's correlation analyses were used...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748326/the-factor-structure-of-the-spiritual-well-being-scale-in-veterans-experienced-chemical-weapon-exposure
#19
Hamid Sharif Nia, Saeed Pahlevan Sharif, Christopher Boyle, Ameneh Yaghoobzadeh, Bahram Tahmasbi, G Hussein Rassool, Mozhgan Taebei, Mohammad Ali Soleimani
This study aimed to determine the factor structure of the spiritual well-being among a sample of the Iranian veterans. In this methodological research, 211 male veterans of Iran-Iraq warfare completed the Paloutzian and Ellison spiritual well-being scale. Maximum likelihood (ML) with oblique rotation was used to assess domain structure of the spiritual well-being. The construct validity of the scale was assessed using confirmatory factor analysis (CFA), convergent validity, and discriminant validity. Reliability was evaluated with Cronbach's alpha, Theta (θ), and McDonald Omega (Ω) coefficients, intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC), and construct reliability (CR)...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28748325/the-sense-of-quality-of-life-and-religious-strategies-of-coping-with-stress-in-prison-inmates
#20
Elżbieta Talik, Bartłomiej Skowroński
The aim of the presented research was to analyze differences in religious strategies of coping with stress in a group of prison inmates characterized by different levels of the sense of quality of life-general, psychophysical, psychosocial, personal, and metaphysical. The participants were 390 males, aged 19-68 years, serving sentences in prisons in Poland. The measures used were the Sense of Quality of Life Questionnaire by M. Straś-Romanowska and K. I. Pargament's RCOPE Questionnaire. As expected, individuals with a high sense of quality of life-both general and pertaining to specific dimensions-more often chose positive religious strategies, whereas participants with a low sense of quality of life more often chose negative strategies...
July 26, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
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