"Kudos to Plante, Sherman, and their contributors. This fine volume demonstrates that the study of religion and health is not a passing fancy. Faith and Health presents an up-to-date, comprehensive account of the impressive advances that are taking place in theory, research, and practice. It reveals a field whose landscape is shifting to greater richness and complexity. Wonderfully balanced, the book helps bridge the gap between openness and skepticism, the bitter and the sweet, what we know and what questions remain. This cutting-edge volume should find its place in the library of every student of religion and health."--Kenneth I. Pargament, PhD, Department of Psychology, Bowling Green State University, author of The Psychology of Religion and Coping: Theory, Research, Practice
"The study of religion, spirituality, and health is one of the most intriguing and controversial areas of health science. This volume provides a much needed survey of progress to date in this field. The book is an ideal introduction to the findings and methodological challenges in the study of religion and health, and will be of great use to researchers and students alike. I highly recommend it."--Norman Anderson, PhD, Professor, Harvard School of Public Health, Former Associate Director, National Institutes of Health
"With the emerging interest in positive psychology, the scientific study of religion has resurfaced as a compelling focus for research. And, in this new field, there can be no more fascinating question than whether religious faith influences beliefs, emotions, and behaviors that are relevant to health and illness. Plante and Sherman have assembled an excellent volume that examines the health consequences of religious practice and faith. The range of perspectives is impressive, from the historical to the psychoneuroimmunological, with a strong emphasis on application. This is a book with a broad audience, and I am likely to use it in my undergraduate and graduate courses in the psychology of emotion and health psychology. Allied health professionals will find much of interest here as well."--Peter Salovey, PhD, Department of Psychology, Yale University
"This rich and wide-ranging collection of essays offers essential resources for addressing the highly complex issues raised by the search for relationships between religion or spirituality and health. No researcher in the field can afford to be uninformed by the provocative findings, trenchant criticisms, and astute recommendations that fill this volume, just as no practitioner should undertake religion-related interventions without considering the scientific, ethical, and practical issues raised therein."--David M. Wulff, PhD, Department of Psychology, Wheaton College
About the Author
Allen C. Sherman, PhD, is Clinical Director of Behavioral Medicine and Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at Arkansas Cancer Research Center, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He is a licensed psychologist and marriage and family therapist. Dr. Sherman's research focuses on quality of life and psychosocial adjustment among cancer patients, psychological interventions, and psychosocial predictors of disease outcome.