• The first book to look at the joint influences of religion and culture on mental health • Re-examines commonly-asked questions, such as ‘how is the mental health of women compared to men affected by cultural-religious factors?’ • Will appeal to health psychologists, clinical psychologists and psychiatrists, and academics and researchers in the psychology of religion and social psychology
1. Introduction; 2. Schizophrenia; 3. Manic disorder; 4. Depression; 5. Anxiety; 6. Somatization; 7. Dissociation; 8. Positive states; 9. Conclusion.
‘This book offers an excellent introduction to the field of religion, culture and mental health. It is comprehensive in its overview of contemporary studies. It reads in a clear and lucid way and will be useful for anyone in the field of mental health, religion and culture.’ Simon Dein, Consultant Psychiatrist and Senior Lecturer in the Academic Department of Psychiatry, University College Hospital London
‘Psychology has long needed a text on psychopathology and religion. Now we have it.This excellent book - scholarly, even-handed, and appreciative of the diversity of religion and culture - should provide just the jump-start we need to advance the state of research and practice in the field of religion and mental health.’ Kenneth I. Pargament, Professor of Clinical Psychology, Bowling Green State University
‘This book provides a challenging, cogent, and well-documented overview of religion, mental health and culture and is a must-read for researchers, practitioners and students interested in the processes through which religion is related to mental health. As well as the traditional focus on mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia, Professor Loewenthal also reviews the recent literature on the positive psychology of religion and happiness. Case examples are used throughout the book to illustrate the issues in thoughtful and insightful ways and, coupled with Professor Loewenthal’s research and personal wisdom, make this book a compelling read.’ Professor Stephen Joseph, Department of Health and Social Care, University of Nottingham
‘In a time of increasingly polarised and politicised views of religion, it has become difficult to think clearly about the impact of religious practice on mental health and illness. Yet, for many people, religion and spirituality are crucial resources for making sense of suffering and affliction. In this thoughtful text, Kate Loewenthal has mapped out the diverse interactions between religion and psychiatry relevant to clinical care. With its careful consideration of the role of religious experience in illness and healing, this book will help practitioners address one of the most central sources of meaning in patients’ lives.’ Laurence J. Kirmayer, Division of Social & Transcultural Psychiatry, McGill University and Editor-in-Chief, Transcultural Psychiatry