Culture, spirituality and religion: migrant health guide Advice and guidance on the health needs of migrant patients for healthcare practitioners. Spirituality, religion, and health: An emerging research field. Oman, D., Kurata, J.H., Strawbridge, W.J. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 28, 189-213. Oman, D. & Reed, D. (1998). Religious coping, ethnicity, and ambulatory blood pressure. Concepts of health and illness in human society originated from traditional religious views about life and death. It affects perceptions of health, illness and death, beliefs about causes of disease, approaches to health promotion, how illness and pain are experienced and expressed, where patients seek help, and the types of treatment patients prefer. The second, groundbreaking study analyzed the impact of Greek Orthodox Christian fasting on lipoproteins (Sarri et al., 2003). Sudsuang, R., Chentanez, V. & Vevulan, K. (1991). The results showed that triglyceride, cholesterol and malondialdehyde (one product of lipid peroxidation) levels decreased significantly during Ramadan. is linked to their cultural beliefs and background. (1999). & Cohen, R.D (2002). International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 27, 233-250. American Journal of Public Health, 88, 1469-1475. Other studies have looked into the relationship between religion/religious practices and health. (2003). In particular they should consider differences in disease prevalence, possible cultural influences on health, access to and uptake of health … Walton, K.G., Pugh, N.D., Gerderloos, P. & Macrae, P. (1995). Psychosomatic Medicine, 63, 523-530. (2003). socioeconomic status or gender). Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 1, 263-283. © 2021 Inquiries Journal/Student Pulse LLC. Koenig, H.G., Cohen, H.J., George, L.K., Hays, J.C., Larson, D.B. In this work, scholars in the social sciences, medicine, law, nursing, public health, and religion take a global, historical, and life course approach to address this omission. American Psychologist, 58, 24-35. Psychosomatic Medicine, 63, 523-530. BMC Public Health, 3. Certainly, the religious prohibition on condom use resulted in many people acquiring AIDS. The Rise of Global Health: How Did Health Become a Matter of Global Concern? The Influence of Religion on Sexuality: Implications for Sex Therapy. Is Medical Debt a Social Determinant of Health? Other researchers argue that religion can more directly lead to better health by proscribing risky behaviors and promoting healthy ones. Does devoutness delay death? This current study explored the stigmatization of offenders with mental... Authenticity, flow, and meaning are three important factors of an individual’s ability to achieve sustained long-term happiness (Seligman, 2002; Seligman, 2011). Schmidt, T., Wijga, A., Von Zur Muhlen, A., Brabant, G. & Wagner, T.O.F. In this blog, Dr Sima Barmania reflects on her research, published in BMC Public Health, which examines the relationship between public health policy and faith in Malaysia. Most of the studies usually use White or Asian, male, college students as participants. Physiology and Behavior, 50, 543-548. (2001). Health Psychology, 19, 211-222. One other study analyzed levels of cortisol, β-endorphin and adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) in two groups: one of practitioners of transcendental meditation and another of non-practitioners (Infante et al., 1998). Jevning, R., Wilson, A.F. Previously considered as outside of the sphere of research for the perceived impossibility in using any scientific method to study it, religion is now prominent in scientific studies that investigate its influence on health which may dictate the direction of respective healthcare policies, as was found by researchers Miller and Thorensen in their 2003 study. In this blog, Dr Sima Barmania reflects on her research, published in BMC Public Health, which examines the relationship between public health policy and faith in Malaysia. & Blazer, D.G. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 866-882. Four most prominent such pathways have been proposed: health behaviors (through prescribing a certain diet and/or discouraging the abuse of alcoholic beverages, smoking, etc., religion can protect and promote a healthy lifestyle), social support (people can experience social contact with co-religionists and have a web of social relations that can help and protect whenever the case), psychological states (religious people can experience a better mental health, more positive psychological states, more optimism and faith, which in turn can lead to a better physical state due to less stress) and ‘psi’ influences (supernatural laws that govern ‘energies’ not currently comprehended by science but possibly understandable at some point by science). service attendance, prayer, reading religious literature) was significantly associated with higher CD4+ (T-helper-inducer cell) counts and percentages (Woods, Antoni, Ironson & Kling, 1999). It affirmed American Journal of Public Health, 88, 1469-1475. Al-Kandari, Y.Y. & Thorensen, C.E. In addition, spirituality/religion can mediate the relationship between another variable (e.g., quality of life) and a health outcome (Miller & Thorensen, 2003). ISSN: 2153-5760. Religious struggle as a predictor of mortality among medically ill elderly patients: A 2-year longitudinal study. Religion and Sexual Health. Religiosity/Spirituality and health: A critical review of the evidence for biological pathways. Inquiries Journal/Student Pulse 3.01 (2011). (1995). Tuberculosis, malaria, mental illnesses, and especially HIV/AIDS are health issues with which Ethiopia continues to grapple. And, if it does not, it might be that indeed the predictor does not contribute to the health outcome or it might be that the covariance fallacy is responsible for the result (which is the confusion of correlation with causation). Effect of Buddhist meditation on serum cortisol and total protein levels, blood pressure, pulse rate, lung volume, and reaction time. Note that Weber & Pargament (2014) express that the influence of religion on mental health is not only positive but can also be negative: "Studies indicate that religion and spirituality can promote mental health through positive religious coping, community and support, and positive beliefs. 2011. About The Journal | Submissions Stress reduction and preventing hypertension: Preliminary support for a psychoneuroendocrine mechanism. Psychosomatic Medicine, 60, 38-41. & Spiegel, D. (2001). (1997). Finally, a group of male college students that followed a Dhammakaya Buddhist meditation program showed a reduction in systolic and diastolic pressure, compared to a control group of male college students that did not follow the program (Sudsuang et al. A majority of physicians (56 percent) think that religion and spirituality has much or very much influence on health and 54 percent believe that at times a supernatural being intervenes. Two other studies use large, representative samples of American adults (coming from a Judeo-Christian background), followed for a long period of time (Hummer, Rogers, Nam & Ellison, 1999; Oman, Kurata, Strawbridge & Cohen, 2002). This paper provides a concise but comprehensive review of research on religion/spirituality (R/S) and both mental health and physical health. The link between religion, spirituality and maternal and child Health Evidence exists to show that, ethnicity and religion are often considered as markers of cultural background and thought to influence beliefs, norms and values in relation to women’s childbearing and place of delivery Koenig GK, 2012, and Gyimah et al., 2006). Although this study had a more representative sample, it was too short in length of time. American psychologist, 58, 36-52. Religion, disability, depression and the timing of death. The Influence of Religious Tradition and Political Location on the Personal Generosity of Americans Toward the Poor," Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Vol. "The Influence of Religion on Health." Research on this topic provides evidence for the protective role of religion against cardiovascular disease (Powell, Shahabi & Thorensen, 2003). Idler, E.L. & Kasl, S.V. The first of the studies investigating the link between religious practices and blood pressure used a large sample of older adults with high blood pressure and/or taking medication for high blood pressure (Koenig et al, 1998). Religion, disability, depression and the timing of death. One of the first sociologists to study religion was Emile Durkheim, who found that distinctions between ideas about the sacred and profane were connected to notions of health and illness. (1997). (1999). Disclaimer: content on this website is for informational purposes only. Hummer, R.A., Rogers, R.G., Nam, C.B. Part IV demonstrates the influence of religion and religious institutions on the health of populations around the globe. Immune function was also investigated, in relationship with religious practices. : Differing interpretation and diverse meanings. Yet, it is associated with poor mental and behavioral health as well as lower wellbeing and negative relational strategies. Method: Using data from the Biopsychosocial Religion and Health Study, we performed multiple linear regression analysis on 584 caregivers. Uptake of antenatal services is low in Nigeria; however, indicators in the Christian-dominated South have been better than in the Muslim-dominated North. Yet, it is associated with poor mental and behavioral health as well as lower wellbeing and negative relational strategies. The effects of stress reduction through transcendental meditation were studied in another study that looked at the relationship between meditation and oxidative stress (Schneider et al., 1998). & Kling, D.W. (1999). However, this study was very limited because of its unrepresentative sample (only men) and because of its short time-period. &Williams, D.R. (2003). ACTH and β-endorphin in transcendental meditation. The Ironson-Woods spirituality/religiousness index is associated with long survival, health behaviors, less distress, and low cortisol in people with HIV/AIDS. Results showed that the meditation practitioners had no diurnal rhythm for ACTH and for β-endorphin, as compared to the control group. Religion and spirituality: Linkages to physical health. Demography, 36, 273-285. McCullough, M.E., Hoyt, W.T., Larson, D.B., Koenig, H.G. This developing identification has created a void as people move away from the traditional, established symbols and maps of meaning. (1998). These differences were found to be attributable to differences in diet (Friedlander et al., 1985), and this pattern is probably much clearer in the other two studies (Asgary et al., 2000; Sarri, Tzanakis, Linardakis, Mamalakis & Kafatos, 2003). Religious struggle as a predictor of mortality among medically ill elderly patients: A 2-year longitudinal study. Religious practice substantially contributes to physical and mental health. An increasing number of contemporary research publications acknowledge the influence of religion and culture on sexual and reproductive behavior and health-care utilization. Pesut, B., Fowler, M., Taylor, E.J., Reimer-Kirkham, S. & Sawatzky, R. (2008). health care, nor should a child or an adolescent be denied knowledge of and care for her/his body. The Relationship between Spirituality and Health, The Relationship between Religion and Health, Effects of Collectivistic and Individualistic Cultures on Imagination Inflation in Eastern and Western Cultures, Chinese Women and Christianity in the Late Imperial Era, Gender-Specific Language of the Major Prophets in The Hebrew Bible: The Case of the First and Second Isaiah, Byzantine and Russian Influences in Andrei Rublev's Art, Solving Health Issues in Ethiopia with Religion. Religion is considered too personal a subject. Colantonio, A., Kasl, S.V. Miller, W.R. & Thorensen, C.E. Koenig, H.G., Cohen, H.J., George, L.K., Hays, J.C., Larson, D.B. Effects of Greek Orthodox Christian Church fasting on serum lipids and obesity. Hixon, K.A., Gruchow, H.W. (1997). (2003). It is based on a systematic review of original data-based quantitative research published in peer-reviewed journals between 1872 and 2010, including a few seminal articles published since 2010. (2000). The influence of culture on health is vast. Koenig, H.G., George, L.K., Hays, J.C., Larson, D.B., Cohen, H.J. Religiosity and its relation to blood pressure among selected Kuwaitis. Koenig, who co-directs the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University, says the study underscores the importance of discussing religious beliefs within the medical setting. Representing the work of students from hundreds of institutions around the globe, Inquiries Journal's large database of academic articles is completely free. Rather, its aim was to understand the relative importance of religious beliefs and practices in protecting the health of people of religious faith and, hence, the need to However, a methodological issue of the last three studies is that they did not make use of randomization, relying on data from groups of individuals that had already practiced or not meditation (Seeman et al., 2003). whether religion should be promoted as a Ztool [ for promoting health (as may be the case with, for example, exercise or diet). & Morgan, D.W. (1998). Moreover, the views expressed here do not necessarily represent the views of Inquiries Journal or Student Pulse, its owners, staff, contributors, or affiliates. Whether and how religion and spirituality training are critical components of students’ and clinicians’ development of cultural humility is explored in this month's issue. The research investigating the influences of spirituality and various Eastern religious practices, such as yoga or various types of meditation, is extensive (Seeman, Fagan-Dubin & Seeman, 2003). Miller and Thorensen (2003) summarize two approaches that could be applied to the research on spirituality/religion and health: the unique variance approach and the causal modeling approach. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 45,198-213. Religion and spirituality are both rooted in trying to understand the meaning of life and, in some cases, how a relationship with a higher power may influence that meaning. Culture, religion, and economic considerations equally influence the human-animal relationship. American Journal of Kidney Diseases, 24, 42-49. & Morgan, D.W. (1998). Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 46, 165-176. About The Journal | Submissions (1998). Steffen, P.R., Hinderliter, A.L., Blumenthal, J.A. Journal of Biosocial Science, 35, 463-472. Thai people depend very little on physicians. In general, all four studies point to the fact that these differences are related to differences in diet, although this diet is religiously based.Continued on Next Page ». Seeman, T. E., Fagan-Dubin, L. & Seeman, M. (2003). Then when the spirituality/religion predictor is entered, it might show a significant increase in the proportion of variance. Depressive symptoms and other psychosocial factors as predictors of stroke in the elderly. Inquiries Journal/Student Pulse 3.01 (2011). Previously considered as outside of the sphere of research for the perceived impossibility in using any scientific method to study it, religion is now prominent in scientific studies that investigate its influence on health (Miller & Thorensen, 2003). American Psychologist, 58, 53-63. More than half of physicians believe that religion and spirituality have a significant influence on patients' health, according to a recent report. Journal for the Scientific Study of religion, Vol. There are four prominent pathways in which religion influence health: health behaviours (through prescribing a certain diet and/or discouraging the abuse of alcoholic beverages, smoking, etc., After controlling for social support and network, body mass index, smoking, SES, gender and age, religious commitment was found to be associated with lower blood pressure (Al-Kandari, 2003). (2003). The most pervasive associations are between religious practices and lower blood pressure, better lipid profiles, better immune function, and lower all-cause mortality (Seeman et al.). Sephton, S.E., Koopman, C., Schaal, M., Thorensen, C.E. The relationship between religion and health has been of longstanding interest in the health, social, and behavioral sciences, spanning a period of >100 years 1-4.Research examining the relationships between religion and the health of individuals and populations has become increasingly visible in the social, behavioral, and health sciences 5. In particular, research has explored how an individual’s religion (religious beliefs, religious denomination, strength of religious devotion, etc.) Not in our name should any person be denied their human rights.” The call highlighted the hurt that comes when violations of human rights occur in the name of religion, culture, or tradition. Negative stereotypes associated with mental illnesses can lead to discrimination towards those with these illnesses through a process of stigmatization (Link & Phelan, 2001). It is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. Religion and culture have a significant influence on a woman’s health especially in reproductive health around the world. It is probably better to ask someone how much they earn, or about their health history, then to ask them to what religion they practice. & Sherwood, A. McCullough, M.E., Friedman, H.S., Enders, C.K. All rights reserved. (1998). (1992) The Influence of Religion on Sexuality: Implications for Sex Therapy. Sarri, K.O., Tzanakis, N.E., Linardakis, M.K., Mamalakis, G. D. & Kafatos, A.D. (2003). Taking an eclectic approach to the study of human values, health, and emotional welfare, this international interdisciplinary journal publishes original peer-reviewed articles that deal with mental … Religion is an essential element of the human condition. & Ostfeld, A.M. (1992). American Psychologist, 58, 24-35. The religiosity of the participants was measured through considering not only mosque attendance but also praying five times a day, giving alms, extra praying, daily reading and listening to readings of the Qur’an, fasting and going on pilgrimage to Mecca. According to recent statistics published by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2011, Hispanics in the United States tend to outlive non-Hispanic whites by almost three years. (1978). Colantonio, A., Kasl, S.V. health care, nor should a child or an adolescent be denied knowledge of and care for her/his body. The relation between religiosity, selected health behaviors, and blood pressure among adult females. McCullough, M.E., Friedman, H.S., Enders, C.K. In addition, people who frequently attended these religious practices were more likely to take their medication, although this did not account for the differences in blood pressure. : Differing interpretation and diverse meanings. Sima Barmania 25 Aug 2016 Acta Psychologica Scandinavica: Supplementum, 160, 158-162. Religion and spirituality will continue to influence health care on both patient and community levels. Religious involvement and U.S. adult mortality. This paper proposes a new model, which incorporates religious beliefs into a system of cognition (illusions and meaning for events) and psychoneuroimmunologic functioning. ‘Does religion cause health? Woods, T.E., Antoni, M.H., Ironson, G.H. ACTH and β-endorphin in transcendental meditation. Inquiries Journal provides undergraduate and graduate students around the world a platform for the wide dissemination of academic work over a range of core disciplines. Scheider, R.H., Staggers, F., Alexander, C.N., Sheppard, W., Rainforth, M., Kondwani, K., et al. Social Science. & Blazer, D.G. The relationship between religious activities and blood pressure in older adults. Demography, 36, 273-285. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 17, 2803-2810. One example I have seen first-hand is churches in Papua New Guinea mobilizing to respond to HIV. Conceptualising spirituality and religion for healthcare. Spirituality, religion, and health: An emerging research field. Religious involvement and mortality: A meta-analytic review. Religion and spirituality are both rooted in trying to understand the meaning of life and, in some cases, how a relationship with a higher power may influence that meaning. Available: http://www.inquiriesjournal.com/a?id=367. Sarri, K.O., Tzanakis, N.E., Linardakis, M.K., Mamalakis, G. D. & Kafatos, A.D. (2003). American psychologist, 58, 36-52. 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