Religious/Spiritual Well-Being, personality and mental health: A review of results and conceptual issues
Unterrainer, H.F., Lewis, A.J. and Fink, A. (2014) Religious/Spiritual Well-Being, personality and mental health: A review of results and conceptual issues. Journal of Religion and Health, 53 (2). pp. 382-392.
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The current paper provides background to the development of the Multidimensional Inventory for Religious/Spiritual Well-being and then summarises findings derived from its use with other measures of health and personality. There is substantial evidence for religiosity/spirituality being positively related to a variety of indicators of mental health, including subjective well-being and personality dimensions. Furthermore, religiosity/spirituality can play an important role in the process of recovering from mental illness as well as providing a protective function against addictive or suicidal behaviours. However, further research is needed to examine the mechanisms through which religiosity/spirituality have an impact on health-related conditions.
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