Special Issue "The Relationship between Religiosity and Mental Health"

A special issue of Religions (ISSN 2077-1444).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 October 2019

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Joseph D. Hovey

Department of Psychological Science, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, 1201 W. University Dr., Edinburg, TX 78539, USA
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Interests: anxiety, depression, and suicide risk in acculturating individuals; cultural adaption and development of psychological measures; dissemination and implementation of evidence-based interventions for anxiety, depression, and suicide behavior

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The notion that religiosity has a positive impact on mental health has a long history dating back to scholars such as Allport, Jung, and beyond. Indeed, findings from meta-analyses conducted during the past several decades indicate that religiosity tends to be associated with decreased mental health problems. However, the strength of this relationship appears to depend on how religiosity and mental health are defined and measured (e.g., intrinsic versus extrinsic religiosity; general well-being versus specific mental health constructs). Moreover, a relatively small body of research has directly examined the question of “why” religiosity leads to positive mental health. In other words, further research that directly examines possible explanatory factors (e.g., mediating factors that are specific to religiosity) in the relationship between religiosity and mental health is needed.

We thus invite authors to submit papers to be considered for publication in a special issue that will focus on the relationship between religiosity and mental health. Although all articles on this topic are welcome, we are especially interested in articles that examine possible explanatory factors in this relationship, articles that delineate the particular aspects of religiosity that appear especially important in understanding this relationship, and/or articles that assess specific mental health constructs when examining this relationship.

Please note that papers conducted in non-Western countries are welcome, as are papers from authors representing a variety of disciplines and papers based on a variety of religions and denominations. Also, please note that authors do not have to pay a publication fee.

Prof. Dr. Joseph D. Hovey
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • religion
  • religiosity
  • mental health
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • suicide behavior
  • suicide ideation
  • mediation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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