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Special Issue "Religion and Public Health: Social Scientific Investigations"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Care Sciences & Services".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 2 December 2019.
Interests: health; religion; family; gender; youth; social welfare
Interests: health; sociology of marriage and family; comparative family studies; adolescents; advanced statistical methods; statistical research design
Special Issues and Collections in MDPI journals
We are pleased to issue this call for papers on the subject of religion and public health. Social scientific studies are solicited for a Special Issue in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH). The Special Issue title is “Religion and Public Health: Social Scientific Investigations”.
Individual religiosity, faith-based organizations, and community-level religious ecologies have been shown to exhibit a robust relationship with public health. Religion is related to infant and adult mortality. The prevention and treatment of various diseases can be hastened by accounting for religiosity and religious coping behaviors. Extant research also reveals the complexity of the religion–health relationship, such that faith can sometimes facilitate wellness and other times undermine it. Despite such mounting evidence, scholarship examining religious influences on public health still lags behind that focused on other social correlates. Data gaps are one obstacle to advancing the field. In addition, some researchers have a lack of familiarity with this core social institution. Given religion's persistent public presence across the world, this Special Issue aims to advance current scholarship on religion and public health across various locales and faith traditions while also charting methodologically novel avenues of exploration.
This Special Issue is open to all researchers who focus on the relationship between religion and public health. Papers examining religious influences on public health are especially welcome, but those exploring how health may affect religious participation and spirituality are also solicited. Studies utilizing novel methodological approaches are particularly encouraged. Papers featuring analyses of empirical data (quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-methods) will be prioritized. The following topics provide guidance for possible submissions, but papers outside these domains are also welcome.
Prof. Dr. John Bartkowski
Prof. Dr. Xiaohe Xu
Prof. Dr. Amy M. Burdette
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1800 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- denominational variations in health
- health consequences of religious ecology (community-level religion)
- religion, drug prevention, and/or drug treatment
- spirituality and health
- religious differences in healthcare access and utilization
- evaluations of congregational health promotion initiatives
- effects of health and well-being on religious participation and commitment
- religious networks in disease prevention and/or treatment
- faith-based organizations and the pursuit of public health
- religious experiences and psychological well-being
- religion, health, and the life course
- the positive and negative health effects of religious belief and belonging
- global perspectives on religion and health
- health outcomes among members of marginalized faith communities
- religion and social support for the chronically ill
- gender-specific effects of religion on health
- family religiosity and personal well-being
- religion and mental health
- religious responses to health disparities
- distinctive effects of religious measures on health outcomes
- religion, maternal health, and child well-being