Religion and Spirituality News

Little Seminary Training to Counsel Mental Illness

September 9th, 2014
Clergy is often the first line of support for people struggling with mental illness. But new research finds that seminaries do very little to train ministers on how to recognize serious psychological distress and when to refer someone to a doctor or ...

How You Think of God Impacts Prayer’s Effect on Mental Health

August 14th, 2014
New research suggests that individual expectations appear to influence how prayer impacts mental health. For example, when it comes to easing symptoms of anxiety-related disorders, prayer doesn't have the same effect for everybody. Baylor University researchers found that what seemed to matter more ...

Melancholy Danes? Not So Much, And Genetics May Show Why

July 19th, 2014
Genetics could be the reason why Denmark tops the world in happiness, according to research from the University of Warwick. Economists at the university have been investigating why certain countries rank so high in happiness levels. In particular, they discovered that the closer ...

Prayer Can Aid Organizational Bonding

June 25th, 2014
As diversity in America grows, organizations from Fortune 500 companies to political parties are challenged to create unity and consensus. A new sociological study suggest an ancient solution -- prayer -- may help unite people from very different backgrounds. Specifically, the study finds that ...

Putting Faith to Work Linked to Job Satisfaction

June 23rd, 2014
Regular attendance in a church that stresses faith as a component of work is associated with high job satisfaction and employment commitment. Baylor University sociologists discovered the influence depends in part on how involved that person is in the congregation, not merely on ...

Kids of Bipolar Parents May Display Risky Sexual Behavior

June 11th, 2014
Kids of Bipolar Parents May Display Risky Sexual BehaviorBipolar disorder (BD) is a serious psychological disorder known for its dramatic mood shifts that range from the lows of depression to the highs of mania. The ...

Outdoor Play Can Enhance Kids’ Spirituality

May 2nd, 2014
 Outdoor Play Can Enhance Kids' SpiritualityNew research suggests playing outside for five-10 hours a week can increase a child’s spiritual connection with the environment. Michigan State University investigators found children who spend significant time ...

Many Parents of Severely Ill Kids Experience Deep Personal Growth

April 26th, 2014
Many Parents of Severely Ill Kids Experience Deep Personal GrowthFor parents of children with a severe disability or illness, deep personal growth often coexists with the negative and stressful experiences, according to new research ...

Religious Music Benefits Seniors’ Mental Health

April 20th, 2014
Religious Music Benefits Seniors’ Mental HealthOlder Christians who listen to religious music are less anxious about death and report increases in life satisfaction, self-esteem, and a sense of control over their lives, according to ...

Religion, Spirituality Have Dual Roles in Better Health

March 31st, 2014
Religion, Spirituality Have Dual Roles in Better Health Emerging research suggests religion and spirituality have distinct but complementary influences on health. Oregon State University researchers looked at the relationship between health, religion, and spirituality and ...