Chapter 19. Religion and Mental Health: What Do You Mean When You Say ‘Religion’? What Do You Mean When You Say ‘Mental Health’?

  1. Peter J. Verhagen Psychiatrist Theologian2,
  2. Herman M. Van Praag Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry3,
  3. Juan J. López-Ibor Jr Professor of Psychiatry4,
  4. John L Cox Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry5 and
  5. Driss Moussaoui Professor of Psychiatry6
  1. Charles H. Hackney Professor of Psychology

Published Online: 13 NOV 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch19

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries

How to Cite

Hackney, C. H. (2010) Religion and Mental Health: What Do You Mean When You Say ‘Religion’? What Do You Mean When You Say ‘Mental Health’?, in Religion and Psychiatry: Beyond Boundaries (eds P. J. Verhagen, H. M. Van Praag, J. J. López-Ibor, J. L. Cox and D. Moussaoui), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470682203.ch19

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Meerkanten GGZ, Harderwijk, The Netherlands

  2. 3

    University of Maastricht, Maastricht, The Netherlands

  3. 4

    Complutense University, Madrid, Spain

  4. 5

    University of Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

  5. 6

    Ibn Rushd University, Casablanca, Morocco

Author Information

  1. Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 13 NOV 2009
  2. Published Print: 8 JAN 2010

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470694718

Online ISBN: 9780470682203



  • research issues;
  • religion and mental health;
  • relationship between religion and mental health - arena for scholarly disagreement;
  • Journal of Muslim Mental Health - topic of measurement and mental health within Islamic religiosity;
  • spiritual assessment and screening;
  • four dimensional Spiritual History Scale (SHS);
  • other modalities beside self-report - indirect measurement techniques from cognitive and social psychology;
  • Qualitative research - underutilized, as complement to quantitative research;
  • Choosing an RS - measuring calls for several considerations;
  • psychology of religion - vast array of measures for interface of religion, spirituality and psychiatry


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Religion and Mental Health

  • Defining Mental Health

  • Empirical Examinations of Religion and Mental Health

  • Implications for Research and Practice

  • References