Religion and COVID-19

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This entry explores key empirical evidence concerning the significance of religion in relation to COVID-19. First, conceptual issues in relation to religious are examined. Second, the generally positive implications of religious engagement for mental health outcomes and possible causal factors are discussed. Third, the associations between distinct forms of religious engagement and the endorsement of COVID-19 preventive behaviors are outlined. Fourth, some of the impacts of the pandemic upon religious practice are explored. It is noted that distinct manifestations of religion are associated with particular behavioral outcomes and that the promotion of trust in science among those of religious faith is advisable for health promotion in public health crises.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior, and Society
EditorsW.C. Cockerham, J. Gabe, S. Quah, J. M. Ryan
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2023

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