Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
ALVES, Rômulo Romeu da Nóbrega; ALVES, Humberto da Nóbrega; BARBOZA, Raynner Rilke Duarte and SOUTO, Wedson de Medeiros Silva. The influence of religiosity on health. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2010, vol.15, n.4, pp. 2105-2111. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232010000400024.
The relationship between religion and health has been a subject of interest in the past and in the latest years becoming increasingly visible in the social, behavioral, and health sciences. Among several approaches to be considered, the present work provides a briefly discuss concerning the bond between health and religiosity in the cure process and diseases treatment. Several investigations show that religious participation is related with better outcomes for persons who are recovering from physical and mental illness, also the psychology science have committed special issues to positive correlations between religious belief and practice, mental and physical health and longevity. On the other hand, religion may also be associated with negative outcomes and the inappropriate use of health services as fanaticism, asceticism, mortifications and oppressive traditionalism. The potential for both positive and negative effects of spirituality on health, combined with the high levels of engagement with spirituality suggests that this area is ripe for future sustained research. Independent of the possible mechanisms, if individuals receive health profits by the religion; those should be motivated, respecting the individual faith of each one.
Keywords : Relationship; Religious belief; Health; Spirituality.