A wide range of research and review articles are presented. Topic areas include mental and physical health, personality correlates of spirituality, validity evidence for the ASPIRES, and the role of religious values on socio-political attitudes. Also included in this volume are studies examining women's issues surrounding body image and disordered eating. Another paper addresses Christian Serpent handlers, a very understudied group, and the legal, religious, and moral issues surrounding this practice. There is also a special section, edited by Dr. Christopher Boyatzis, that addresses specific issues around adolescant spirituality. This volume provides a diverse snapshot of cutting edge research in the field across multiple disciplines. Readers will come away with an appreciation for the broad interests that characterize this field and the fascinating empirical findings that continue to draw professional interest in numinous constructs.
Ralph L. Piedmont, Ph.D. (1989) in Personality Psychology, Boston University, is Professor of Pastoral Counseling at Loyola College in Maryland. He has published extensively in the area of the psychology of religion and spirituality and has been an editor for
RSSSR for 8 years.
All individuals interested in any facet of the scientific study of religion and spirituality, including psychologists, counselors, sociologists, social workers, and medical personnel.