Special Issue "Religion, Spirituality and Health: Forgiveness in Health, Medicine and Social Sciences"
A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 November 2018).
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Interests: conceptual issues in whole person medicine; integrating religion and spirituality into clinical practice; impact of R/S on the outcome of holistic treatment approaches; spirituality and cardiovascular diseases; spirituality and pain
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Forgiveness has been associated with improved mental well-being in observational studies (Krause 2018). Meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials of forgiveness treatments, compared to control or no treatment, show forgiveness reduces depression, stress and anxiety, and increases hope (Wade et al 2014; Akhtar and Barlow 2018). Therefore attention needs to be given to its role in health and well-being. However forgiveness although considered distinct from justification (VanderWeele 2018), is not an isolated concept and is complicated by individual or societal sense of right and wrong, of justice, of morality—such concepts are inexplicitly linked with secular, spiritual or religious beliefs (Giannini 2017). Therefore generating new insights from multidisciplinary discussions on this topic stands to contribute to the health of society and the well-being of individuals.
This special issue covers “Forgiveness in Health, Medicine and Social Sciences”, the theme of the 6th European Conference on Religion, Spirituality and Health ECRSH (http://www.ecrsh.eu/ecrsh-2018) joint with the 5th International Conference of the British Association for the Study of Spirituality. We welcome contributions by academics and practitioners in a wide variety of disciplines, from around the world, including those presented at the conference and those which continue the discussion.
Krause, N., 2018. Assessing the relationships among religion, humility, forgiveness, and self-rated health. Research in Human Development, 15(1), pp.33-49.
Wade NG, Hoyt WT, Kidwell JE, Worthington EL. (2014) Efficacy of psychotherapeutic interventions to promote forgiveness: a meta-analysis. J Consult Clin Psychol. 82(1):154–170.
Akhtar, S. and Barlow, J., 2018. Forgiveness therapy for the promotion of mental well-being: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 19(1), pp.107-122.
VanderWeele, T. J. (2018) Is Forgiveness a Public Health Issue?. AJPH. 108(2), pp. 189–190.
Giannini, H. C. (2017). Hope as Grounds for Forgiveness. Journal of Religious Ethics, 45(1), 58-82.
Dr. Deborah Lycett RD
Dr.med. René Hefti
Prof. Dr. med. Arndt Büssing
Prof. Dr. Chris Cook
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