|Date||April 12, 2012||Time||3:30 pm|
|Location||Armstrong Browning Library/Cox Lecture Hall|
|Description||Does Faith Matter? Exploring the Relationships Between Religion and Mental Health|
Christopher G. Ellison is Professor of Sociology and Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Social Science at The University of Texas at San Antonio. In this lecture, Professor Ellison will examine the explosive growth of empirical research on religion and mental health in recent decades. Although studies in this area have explored many facets of mental health, a primary focus in this literature has been on affective outcomes such as depression, anxiety, and psychological distress. Professor Ellison will give particular attention to studies using population or community (as opposed to clinical) samples, and he will discuss the development of his own work in this area over the past 25 years. Among the important themes and current research directions that will be addressed in this talk on religion and mental health are: (a) the diverse approaches to conceptualizing and measuring religion in studies of this topic; (b) emerging programs of research on the role of specific constellations of belief; (c) the role of religion in dealing with stressful events and conditions; (d) potentially negative mental health consequences of certain aspects of religion; and (e) subgroup variations in the links between religion and mental health, especially differences by race, ethnicity, and social class.
|Publisher||Institute for Studies of Religion|
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