Religion and health : the application of a cognitive-behavioural framework

MALTBY, John, LEWIS, C.A., FREEMAN, Anna, DAY, Liza, CRUISE, Sharon Mary and BRESLIN, Michael J (2010). Religion and health : the application of a cognitive-behavioural framework. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 13 (7-8), 749-759.


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The empirical examination of the relationship between religion and health has often lacked theoretical direction. The aim of the study was to examine the relationship between dimensions of religiosity and health within the context of James and Wells’ cognitive-behavioural framework of religion. A community sample of 177 UK adults completed measures of religious orientation, religious coping, and prayer activity alongside the SF-36 Health Survey. Consistent with the cognitive-behavioural framework of religion, intrinsic religiosity and meditative prayer scores accounted for unique variance in both physical and mental health scores over a number of religious measures. These findings suggest the potential usefulness and importance of a cognitive-behavioural framework to understand the relationship between religion (as measured by meditative prayer and intrinsic religiosity) and health.

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Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Psychology Research Group
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Page Range: 749-759
Depositing User: Liza Day
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 13:43
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 14:00

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