Religion as a resource in physical illness – a literature review

Psychologist Caroline Lind Pedersen from the cancer counseling unit on Bornholm, Denmark, has written a literature review on the subject of religion as a resource when facing physical illness, in connection with her training as a specialist in psychotherapy. The article touches upon topics such as increasing religiosity during illness, longevity in religious individuals, relation between religiosity and […]

Kirke og Helse – Den Norske Kirke

Kirke og Helse er en meget interessant artikel, udarbejdet af Kirkerådet, som, kort sagt, diskuterer og reflekterer over hvordan Den Norske Folkekirke bidrager til et meningsfyldt og sundt liv. Uddrag fra forordet: “Dette heftet gjengir en lett bearbeidet utgave av det saksdokumentet Kirkemøtet hadde til behandling. Det tematiserer kirkens helserelaterte tjeneste i vid forstand: som […]

New Article on The role of religious faith, spirituality and existential considerations among heart patients in a secular society

Dear Nordic Colleagues, Sidsel Bekke-Hansen, Christina Gundgaard Pedersen and colleagues have a new article out: The role of religious faith, spirituality and existential considerations among heart patients in a secular society: Relation to depressive symptoms 6 months post acute coronary syndrome It is available on-line here: If you know of other articles of interest to […]

Two new articles central to the field

Two new articles published in “Mental Helath, Religion & Culture” (Vol 14, no. 3-4) are very relevant to our field. One is called: “The difficulties assessing spirtiual distress in palliative care patients: a qualitative study”  from the UK. The other is called: “Posttraumatic spiritual groth: a phenomenological study of cancer survivors” and from the USA.

Theme on spirituality and cancer in latest issue of “Southern Medical Journal”

The issue of april 2011 has a special section on cancer and spirituality. It can be a little hard to find on the net, but this link worked for me. Peter la Cour

New article by Peter la Cour on religion and coping

Dear Network This new article on religion and coping written by Peter la Cour will be of interest to many of you: Best regards Niels Christian

Protected: New article: ’Research on meaning-making and health in secular society: Secular, spiritual and religious existential orientations’

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Thesis by Susan Strang: EXISTENTIAL CHALLENGES AND COPING IN PALLIATIVE CANCER CARE – Experiences of patients and family members

Susan Strang has defended a ph.d.-thesis at the Karolinske Institutet in Sweden in 2008 with the title Existential Challenges and Coping in Palliative Care – Experiences of patients and family members. It is now available here. She has other interesting article with relevance for the field of faith and health, published with her brother Peter Strang: Existential […]

New article on patients’ perspectives on causes of illness and roads to healing

Associate professor, Master of Arts, PhD at Roskilde University Tove Elisabeth Kruse published in December 2009 her senior researcher project entitled ‘Interpretation of illness and use of history. A patients’ perspective on causes of illness and roads to healing’. Bibliotek for Læger, 2009, vol. 201, p. 432-459. Read the article in danish. Abstract: In this article the interpretation […]

New PhD thesis on the faith of Copenhageners

A new PhD thesis by sociologist of religion Ina Rosen examines the faith of Copenhageners. Click here to read more about the thesis in the danish paper Kristeligt Dagblad.