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Resilience and the role of spirituality 

Resilience and the role of spirituality
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Resilience and the role of spirituality
Author(s):

Christopher C. H. Cook

, and Nathan H. White

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198792994.003.0054
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date: 21 February 2020

This chapter addresses the importance of spirituality in positive adaptation to adversity, often called resilience. Recognition of the significance of spirituality for clinical and public mental health applications is growing, yet has often been under-recognized. Spirituality may provide both a valuable perspective on resilient adaption and resources for supporting that adaptation. As an environmental influence, spirituality exerts itself at personal and communal levels through a number of associated constructs, such as self-efficacy, meaning, and transcendence. On the whole, research indicates that spirituality is positively correlated with health and inversely correlated with psychopathology, although negative associations with spirituality may also occur. Owing to the significance of spirituality in resilient adaptation, clinicians and public mental health policymakers are encouraged to support existing personal and communal spiritual strengths in the promotion of well-being.

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