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    Dervic, Kanita and Maria A. Oquendo et al.

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    Religious Affiliation and Suicide Attempt

    "Religiously unaffiliated subjects had significantly more lifetime suicide attempts and more first-degree relatives who committed suicide than subjects who endorsed a religious affiliation. Unaffiliated subjects were younger, less often married, less often had children, and had less contact with family members. Furthermore, subjects with no religious affiliation perceived fewer reasons for living, particularly fewer moral objections to suicide."
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    Newberg, Andrew B. and Bruce Y. Lee

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    Religion and Health: A Review and Critical Analysis

    "The study of the relationship between religion and health has grown substantially in the past decade. There is little doubt that religion plays an important role in many people’s lives and that this has an impact on their health. The question is how researchers and clinicians can best evaluate the available information and how we can improve upon the current findings. In this essay we review the current knowledge regarding religion and health and also critically review issues pertaining to methodology, findings, and interpretation of these studies. It is important to maintain a rigorous perspective with regard to such studies and also to recognize inherent limitations and suggest constructive ways in which to advance this field of study. In the end, such an approach can provide new information that will improve our understanding of the overall relationship between religion and health."
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    Post, Stephen G. and Christina M. Puchalski et al.

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    Physicians and Patient Spirituality: Professional Boundaries, Competency, and Ethics

    "Clinical studies are beginning to clarify how spirituality and religion can contribute to the coping strategies of many patients with severe, chronic, and terminal conditions. The ethical aspects of physician attention to the spiritual and religious dimensions of patients’ experiences of illness require review and discussion. Should the physician discuss spiritual issues with his or her patients? What are the boundaries between the physician and patient regarding these issues? What are the professional boundaries between the physician and the chaplain? This article examines the physician–patient relationship and medical ethics at a time when researchers are beginning to appreciate the spiritual aspects of coping with illness."
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    Seifert, Lauren S. and Melinda K. Baker

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    An Individualized Approach to Religious Coping in Alzheimer’s Disease

    "Previous research has indicated the importance of religious coping among caregivers of individuals with dementia. However, there is almost no empirical research about religious coping among individuals with dementia. It is difficult to measure religious coping directly since many obstacles to improve coping strategies, particularly in diseases like probable Alzheimer’s, prevent the uses of conventional measures of coping and of traditional therapies for improving one’s positive coping strategies. Additional problems may be co-morbidity with serious physical ailments and adapting psychotherapeutic interventions to include religious coping and to suit individuals with progressive cognitive decline. We propose a practical approach to the topic and recount case evidence."