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Religion and Spirituality Across Cultures

  • Chu Kim-Prieto


  • This volume brings trends in psychology of religion, positive psychology and cross-cultural psychology together

  • Fills an unique place in the market's increasing interest and demand in the psychology of religion

  • Provides reviews of the literature in the ways in which different religions contribute to positive functioning


Part of the Cross-Cultural Advancements in Positive Psychology book series (CAPP, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Positive Psychology within the Context of Specific Religions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Eliezer Schnall, Mark Schiffman, Aaron Cherniak
      Pages 21-45
    3. Everett L. Worthington Jr., Caroline R. Lavelock, Daryl R. Van Tongeren, Charlotte van OyenWitvliet, Brandon J. Griffin, Chelsea L. Greer et al.
      Pages 47-70
    4. Ahmed M. Abdel-Khalek
      Pages 71-85
    5. Julia L. Cassaniti
      Pages 101-124
    6. Muninder K. Ahluwalia, Anna Flores Locke, Steven Hylton
      Pages 125-136
  3. Variations in the Paths to Positivity and Religiosity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 161-161
    2. Louis Tay, Miao Li, David Myers, Ed Diener
      Pages 163-175
    3. Patricia L. Gerbarg, Liselotte Gootjes, Richard P. Brown
      Pages 227-246
    4. Allon Vishkin, Yochanan Bigman, Maya Tamir
      Pages 247-269
    5. Elissa Woodruff, Daryl R. Van Tongeren, Stacey McElroy, Don E. Davis, Joshua N. Hook
      Pages 271-285
    6. Derrick Wirtz, Cameron L. Gordon, Juliann Stalls
      Pages 287-301
    7. Mark S. Rye, Cara F. McCabe
      Pages 303-318
    8. Ralph W. Hood Jr.
      Pages 319-335

About this book


This book presents an integrated review and critical analysis of the recent research in the positive psychology of religion, with focus on the positive psychology of religion across different cultures and religions. The book provides a review of the literature on different contributions of religion and spirituality to positive functioning and well-being and reviews religions across the world, including Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Judaism, Sikhism, Native American religions, and Hinduism. 

It fills a unique place in the market’s increasing interest and demand in the psychology of religion, as well as positive psychology. While the target audience is researchers, scholars, and students in psychology, cross-cultural studies, religious studies, and social sciences, it will be useful for anyone interested in better understanding the contributions of religion and culture in subjective well-being.


Cross-Cultural Psychology Humility and Religion Immigrant Family Narratives Meaning and Well-Being through Hindu Beliefs Mindfulness and Meditation Mindfulness, Spirituality and Well-Being Neuropsychology of Well-Being Positive Emotions across Religion Positive Psychology and Buddhism Positive Psychology and Christianity Positive Psychology and Islam Positive Psychology and Judaism Positive Psychology with Religion Psychology of Forgiveness Psychology of Gratitude Psychology of Meaning Religion, Health and Coping Sikhism and Positive Psychology Struggle of Experiencing a Stroke

Editors and affiliations

  • Chu Kim-Prieto
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyThe College of New JerseyEwingUSA

About the editors

Chu Kim-Prieto, PhD specializes in Positive Psychology and Cross-Cultural Psychology.  She has published research on happiness, cross-cultural psychology of emotion, and psychology of religion and spirituality in peer-reviewed journals and edited volumes. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Happiness and is the incoming Associate Editor of the Asian American Journal of Psychology. 

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