Spirituality, Emotions, and Physical Health

Crystal L. Park and Jeanne M. Slattery

in The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199729920
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Spirituality, Emotions, and Physical Health

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This chapter focuses on relations between religion/spirituality (R/S) and physical health, focusing on the role of emotions as mediating these links. First, we review the literature regarding the effects of R/S on physical health and the effects of physical health on R/S. We then present a model of the reciprocal influences of R/S and health and the pathways of positive and negative emotions as important mediators of the R/S–health relationships. We review and summarize theory and research findings regarding these links and conclude the chapter by suggesting questions that may guide future research.

Keywords: religion; spirituality; positive emotions; negative emotions; physical health

Article.  6411 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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