© 1994

Religion, Personality, and Mental Health

  • Laurence B. Brown

Part of the Recent Research in Psychology book series (PSYCHOLOGY)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Laurence B. Brown
    Pages 1-15
  3. H. Newton Malony
    Pages 16-28
  4. Jocelyn Delbridge, Bruce Headey, Alexander J. Wearing
    Pages 50-68
  5. Allen E. Bergin
    Pages 69-93
  6. Emma Shackle, Laurence B. Brown
    Pages 119-129
  7. Hans Stifoss-Hanssen
    Pages 138-143
  8. Kate Loewenthal, Valerie Amos, Vivienne Goldblatt, Sean Mullarkey
    Pages 154-166
  9. Carole A. Rayburn, Lee J. Richmond, Lynn Rogers
    Pages 167-173
  10. Thorleif Pettersson
    Pages 174-192
  11. Laurence B. Brown
    Pages 193-203
  12. Back Matter
    Pages 205-217

About this book


LAURENCE B. BROWN Nearly all the papers in this collection were prepared initially by a group of psychologists interested in the social scientific study of religion. They included some working with the mentally ill in medical, religious, or secular contexts, as well as teachers and researchers in psychology or theology. Their papers aim to test, or to reflect on, common prejudices about the links between mental health and religion, especially when they are thought to be mediated by personality characteristics. All the papers have been revised for this collection. A clear consensus emerged that religion has many positive effects, despite Wulff's (1991" p. 307) unguarded assertion that, "without ques­ tion the mentally disturbed are frequently attracted by religion." Any assumption that religion is necessarily a "danger" to health, or closely related to mental illness, is not supported by the evidence from carefully controlled studies that follow a social science perspective. Malony's paper, page 16 in this collection, therefore emphasizes that we must take account of the ways in which anyone's religion is integrated into their life, the functions it serves for them and their acceptance by other members of the religious and other groups to which they belong.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Laurence B. Brown
    • 1
  1. 1.Alister Hardy Research CentreWestminster CollegeOxfordUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Religion, Personality, and Mental Health
  • Editors Laurence B. Brown
  • Series Title Recent Research in Psychology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag New York 1994
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-387-97773-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-4612-7631-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4612-2696-3
  • Series ISSN 1431-7532
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 217
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Psychology, general
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