Religion and Mental Health Among Minorities and Immigrants in the U.S.

  • Anahí Viladrich
  • Ana F. Abraído-Lanza


The impact of religion on mental health has long been debated, with religious organizations being the first that offered care to the mentally ill (Koening & Larson, 2001). And although until not so long ago religious beliefs and practices were considered to have pernicious effects on health, more recent research has pointed out the positive effects of religion and spirituality on both physical and mental health outcomes (see Holt & McClure, 2006; Seybold & Hill, 2001). National and international studies have shown the positive influence on psychological and physical health derived from church attendance and religious affiliation amidst diverse religious faiths (Campbell et al., 2007; Kark et al., 2006).1In the last decades, a prolific body of research on religion and mental health has been undertaken by various disciplines, ranging from the medical and health fields to the social sciences and humanities (e.g., religion studies). Innovative studies on diverse ethnic...


Mental Health Social Capital Mental Health Service Ethnic Minority Religious Coping 
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  1. 1.The School of Health Sciences, The Schools of the Health ProfessionsHunter College of the City of New York, School of Health SciencesNew York

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