This volume includes a wide range of papers that explore individual and institutional aspects of religion from a social-science perspective. The special section has articles from research groups in Europe, the USA and Australia on clergy work-related psychological health, stress, burnout and coping strategies. The general papers include studies on coping strategies among Buddhists, gender differences in response to church decline, teenage participation in religion, social capital among Friends of Cathedrals, psychological profiles of clergy, education effects on Roman Catholic deacons, and an analysis of prayer requests. Together these papers form a valuable collection indicating the depth and vibrancy of research in these fields.
Andrew Village is Reader in Practical and Empirical Theology at York St John University, UK. He researches in psychology and religion and congregational studies. His books include The Bible and Lay People (2007) and Preaching with all our Souls (2008).
Ralph W. Hood, Jr., Ph.D. (1968), University of Nevada, Reno, is Professor of Psychology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. A former president of Division 36 of the APA he is author of numerous books in the psychology of religion.
Contributors are: Tania Ap Sion, Rachel Blouin, Christine Brewster, the late Deborah Bruce, Cheng Clara Michelle, Giuseppe Crea, Benjamin Doolittle, Joseph Ferrari, Leslie J. Francis, Philip Hughes, Patrick Laycock, Steve McMullin, Judith Muskett, Gemma Penny, Russell Phillips, Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell, Kelvin Randall, Mandy Robbins, Jenny Rolph, Paul Rolph, Greg Smith, Sam Sterland, Andrew Village, Kay William, Cynthia Woolever, and Keith Wulff.
Academics interested generally in the sociology or psychology of religion, especially those interested in psychological health and well-being, Christianity, clergy studies or congregational studies.