ERIC Number: ED327789
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
Spiritual Centeredness as a Tool for Positive Mental Health.
Langer, Rena Ruth Swango
This document presents a review of the literature that examines the relationship of spiritual centeredness to the development of a positive self-concept and good mental health, emphasizing the Judeo-Christian concept of spirituality, but discussing other concepts as well. The review focuses on three areas: coping skills, self-concept, and values development. Articles reviewed were located through a search of the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) system and the ALICE system at the Ohio University library, using the headings "Religion or Religious,""Mental Health," and "Education." Chapter 2, the review of the literature, begins with a definition of spirituality, and then discusses articles under the following headings: coping skills, self-esteem, moral values, and negative aspects of religion. This literature suggests that the realm of spirituality can be used as a productive tool for maintaining mental health among those who are open to such a tool, but that care should be taken in respecting the beliefs and values of the individual. Chapter 3 discusses the use of spirituality as a tool for maintaining mental health, analyzing evidence found in the literature and offering an interpretation based on this analysis. Chapter 4 summarizes the work, drawing conclusions from the analysis and offering recommendations for further development. A four-page bibliography is included. (TE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master of Education Seminar Paper, Ohio University.