From foremost authorities in the field, this comprehensive volume synthesizes the breadth of current knowledge on the psychological processes underlying spirituality, religious behavior, and religious experience. Presented are cutting-edge theories, conceptual frameworks, methodologies, and empirical findings emerging from all psychological subdisciplines. Coverage includes the neural and cognitive bases of religiousness; social, personality, and developmental issues; religion as a meaning system; and implications for behavior, mental health, and clinical practice. Seamlessly edited, the Handbook
provides a definitive portrait of the current state of the science, fosters the development of integrative theory, and identifies vital directions for future research.
Raymond F. Paloutzian, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Westmont College, Santa Barbara, California. He is author of the textbook Invitation to the Psychology of Religion, and is editor of The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion.
Crystal L. Park, PhD, is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Connecticut. She studies the roles of religious beliefs and religious coping in response to stressful life events, the phenomenon of stress-related growth, and the creation of meaning following negative life events.
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