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date: 15 November 2019

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This chapter focuses on relations between religion/spirituality (R/S) and physical health, focusing on the role of emotions as mediating these links. First, we review the literature regarding the effects of R/S on physical health and the effects of physical health on R/S. We then present a model of the reciprocal influences of R/S and health and the pathways of positive and negative emotions as important mediators of the R/S–health relationships. We review and summarize theory and research findings regarding these links and conclude the chapter by suggesting questions that may guide future research.

Keywords: religion, spirituality, positive emotions, negative emotions, physical health

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