Season 3, Episode 4
For Thursday, April 7, 2016
HOST: Andrew Crowe
On this episode of The Juniper Tree, Andrew discusses the results of a study done on those experiencing depression and loneliness and what effects a relationship with God has on them.
Outline of this episode:
Salvation Week: Faithful Facts
In the past, there has been research performed in the realm of religion, spirituality, and health.
Two questions were asked before the studies:
– What is meant by religion and spirituality? The search for God, the divine, the sacred, and supernatural, as well as that which surpasses ordinary thoughts and feelings.
– How do you measure that? Affiliation and Attendance.
What were the findings of the studies?
– 29% better chance of good results during follow up exams for the faithful.
– Those who report a closer relationship to God experience less depression, higher self-esteem, less loneliness, greater relational maturity, and greater social competence.
Religious coping adds a unique component to stressful life events.
Summary: Spirituality and religion have been linked to a long life and health.
What does that mean for us?
· Better Quantity Life
· Better Quality Life
· Greater Hope at the End of this Life
Hill, P.C., &Pargament, K.I. (2003). Advances in the conceptualization and measurement of religion and spirituality: Implications for physical and mental health research. American Psychologist, 58 (1), 64-74.
Koenig, H.G., McCullough, M.E., and Larson, D.B. (2001). Handbook of religion and health. New York: Oxford University Press.
Tix, A.P., and Frazier, P.A. (1998). The use of religious coping during stressful life events: Main effects, moderation and meditation. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 66, 411-422.
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