The Psychology of Religion and Coping: The Theory, Research, Practice (Hardback)
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The Psychology of Religion and Coping: The Theory, Research, Practice (Hardback)

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Hardback 548 Pages / Published: 29/07/1997
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When faced with a crisis, why do some people turn to religion to help them cope, while others turn away? Is religious belief merely a defense of a form of denial? Is spirituality a help or a hindrance in times of stress? Building a much-needed bridge between two different worlds of thought and practice - religion and psychology - this volume sensitively interweaves theory with first-hand accounts, clinical insight, and scientific research.
The book underscores the need for greater sensitivity to religion and spirituality in the context of helping relationships, and suggests a range of ways that faith might be used more fully to help people in crisis.

Publisher: Guilford Publications
ISBN: 9781572302143
Number of pages: 548
Weight: 1008 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 37 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
"The book has many appendices and detailed indexes that are very helpful in the study of psychology and religion."--"Research News and Opportunities in Science and Theology"
""The Psychology of Religion and Coping" probes ways that religion might be used more fully to help people in crisis..."The Psychology of Religion and Coping" is an important reference work for mental health practitioners." --"The Midwest Book Review"
.,."encyclopedic in scope and highly thought provoking....a book that offers vital sources of information and direction for mental health practitioners, psychology, researchers, and religious professionals; and that serves as an excellent text for courses dealing with the interface of religion, psychology, and mental health." --"Death Studies"
"A wide range of individuals will likely find this book useful. It would be appropriate for graduate courses in religion, coping, and counseling. It is also a good reference book for scholars interested in either of the primary areas covered. It contains and explains a large number of studies and organizes the issues well. For that alone, those interested in religion and coping will make heavy use of the book as a reference. However, those who fail to read it in its entirety may miss the importance of Pargament's theoretical orientation. The theoretical foundation of the work may prove to be its most valuable and lasting contribution....this book is thought provoking, academically solid, and relevant. I highly recommend this book to scholars and practitioners of psychology and religion. It will likely be a long wait until another such impressive work in this area appears." --"Journal of the American Academy ofReligion"
"Pargament's process-oriented, contextual approach to coping is one of the major strengths of the book....This book represents a major theoretical and empirical contribution not only to the psychology of religion and clinical/counseling psychology but to other fields as well....Mental health professionals, who traditionally have shunned religion in their own lives and in the lived experience of their clients, might be persuaded by Pargament's broadband approach to investigate how relgion operates in the tales of coping and crisis they hear on a daily basis. This book is also appropriate for courses on the psychology of religion. My students have responded positively to Pargament's careful exposition of his theory, the support he offers in examples from his research and clinical practice, and his engaging use of metaphor." --"Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion"
.,."outstanding...offers chaplains and clergy an excellent resource for empirical theology....[This] comprehensive guide...offers us a rich introduction to the spiritual laws of life. Knowing more about them, we can, we hope, cope better and help our patients cope better with life's limits and tragedies. This is a great gift to all of us in pastoral ministry." --"Chaplaincy Today"
"This volume may be the best book on the psychology of religion in a generation or more. Well written and clearly outlined, it is grounded on an immense foundation of empirical data....Pargament provides a nuanced understanding of the roles that religion serves for people....Concluding chapters will aid therapists in assessing the role of religion for their clients. Central to the process is assessing how one's owncountertransference issues with religion may impede objective assessment." --"Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic"
"This thoroughly researched and well-written work should be on the reading list of every psychotherapist and counselor. It may well become a foundational book for dealing with religion and religious issues in the therapeutic context....Pargament is able in his concluding chapters to present very grounded and useful advice for how religious beliefs and experience could be better utilized in counseling situations, not only as immediate coping devices for current problems, but also as spurs to further psychological and emotional growth." --"Journal of Religion and Health"
"A massive, scholarly, even-handed, level-headed book....The book sets a new standard of excellence for works on religion and psychology. Although it lacks any biological or psychiatric focus, I highly recommend it to colleagues who desire to organize their thoughts about religion." --"American Journal of Psychiatry"
"A valuable text that is must reading for theology and psychology students alike." --"Readings"
"Kenneth Pargament has written a comprehensive text on the psychology of religion and coping....provides a thorough analysis on how religion helps and does not help in coping with crisis. Pargament has extensive clinical practice and research in this area....This [is] a book that needs to be read many times and to be used as a reference source. It provides a wealth of research data that can be helpful to the therapist and pastoral counselor who is helping clients with issues of religion and coping. However, he also outlines when it is not helpful. This balanced approach makes this book a'must' for every clinician's book shelf." --"Pastoral Sciences"

"The definitive work on religion and coping. Encyclopedic in its breadth and depth, the book provides a clinically relevant discussion of religion as a resource for mental health and an analysis of the processes that encourage the conservation and transformation of significance. Dr. Pargament describes the psychology of coping from the complementary vantages of a scholar and clinician. Of note is the sophisticated presentation of theory and empirical data which leads to an appreciation of the role of religion in sustaining meaning and hope in the face of adversity. For the religion scholar, this book provides scientific support for long held assumptions about an important function of faith. For clinicians, this work opens the door for further inquiry into the nature of psychological treatment concerning the provision of hope and articulation of personal meaning. Rarely does one find a book so equally comprehensive and accessible. Academicians and mental health professionals alike will find this volume a thought-provoking contribution to the field." --Edward P. Shafranske, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Graduate School of Education and Psychology, Pepperdine University and Faculty, Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute; Past President and Fellow of APA Division 36: Psychology of Religion and William Bier Award recipient.

"In this fascinating book, Kenneth Pargament links religion and coping using an elegant and articulate conceptual framework. He makes religious coping accessible to the theoretician, the researcher, and the practitioner, and he provides many insights about the multiple functions of religious coping, when it is used, by whom, toward what ends, and with what consequences. The Psychology of Religion and Coping: Theory, Research, and Practice is a book that the field of coping has needed for a very long time." --Susan Folkman, Ph.D. Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

"Kenneth Pargament has achieved what is all too rare in the psychology of religion: a systematic program of empirical research, guided by theory, that is of practical relevance to helping professionals. No longer is there any excuse for failing to appreciate the subtle and complex ways in which religion and coping interface in the areas of theory, research or practice. This is the authoritative text defining the state of the art in the area of religion and coping." --Ralph W. Hood Jr., Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Editor of the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion; Past President of Division 36 of the APA

"Pargament is a psychologist who writes about religion as a fellow traveler, but a traveler who is also a scientist. We who are clergy know what we do in our ministry and we know its effectiveness. But why is ministry effective? This book helps us with that--it is effective because we help persons cope with life and to find significance in relation to all that is sacred. Have we as clergy ever wondered what psychologists have discovered about religion and how it helps? Here is a way to find out. This work contains a massive amount of information--over 875 references and 260 studies cited in five appendices. It presents a coherent way of thinking about ministry--and, in fact, how to improve it." --Larry VandeCreek, D.Min., Assistant Director, Department of Pastoral Care, The Ohio State University Medical Center

"The Psychology of Religion and Coping will provide students with a solid foundation and understanding of religion in the coping process. It is a superbly done work that should be required reading for every student in psychology, the ministry, and related professions. It fills a deep gap in the psychological literature, which for years has neglected perhaps the most important and common way that people cope with stress." --Harold G. Koenig, MD, MHSc

..".a terrific book, especially for anyone who lives as closely to their own and other' search for meaning in stressful life experiences as chaplains do....I found it remarkably readable and thought-provoking throughout....One of the many strong points of the book for us is the author's liberal use of incisive and moving stories....it belongs in the hands of every professional chaplain." --Chaplain Margot Hover, Horizons, Newsletter of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains

..".a thorough treatment of research in the psychology of religion and coping. His integrative approach and coverage works toward creating a bridge between what are often contradictory perspectives....Pargament's compilation, with its excellent research findings, appendix material, and notes, could easily be used to support courses in psychology and religion. Upper-division undergraduates through professionals." --J. Dodd, Choice
"This is one of the most comprehensive texts in the field. Second to none." --Marcus G. Smucker, Eastern Mennonitie Seminary University

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