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Spirituality and Health 2014

Call for Papers

An increasing number of studies have examined the connection between spirituality/religiosity, quality of life, and health. However, the impact of spirituality on health is multishaded and is a matter of methodological controversy because one has to deal with cognitive approaches, subsequent practices, specific behaviors, reactive strategies, and interventions (i.e., praying, meditation, and mindfulness). Because of this complexity, an interdisciplinary perspective seems appropriate.

This special issue is thus open for any approach from different disciplines which will shed new light on the impact of spirituality on health and illness. For spirituality, we would broadly define all attempts to find meaning, purpose, and hope in relation to the Sacred (which may have either a religious or a nonreligious connotation), as a commitment to a higher principle in life which has an impact on cognition, emotion, and behavior.

We invite investigators to contribute original research and review articles. Besides epidemiological and interventional trials and review articles, we also encourage profound theoretical articles which describe the framework of this unique field of integrative medicine.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Epidemiological studies on the interconnection of health and specific aspects of religiosity/spirituality
  • Studies on the impact of secular forms of spirituality on health
  • Interventional studies on specific practices, that is, meditation, mindfulness, praying, forgiveness, and so on
  • Analysis of spiritual needs of patients with chronic diseases
  • Spiritual transformation in response to chronic health or severe trauma
  • Profound hypotheses and models regarding the mode of action (amenable to empirical testing)
  • Neurohormonal approaches to spirituality and health
Manuscript DueFriday, 10 October 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 2 January 2015
Publication DateFriday, 27 February 2015

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