Spirituality Help The Mental Health Of Women

A new study shows that when women change their pattern of spiritual practices, their mental health is suffering.


A recent study conducted at the Temple University explores questions about the role that spirituality plays in mental health.


The report's authors, Joanne Maselko, SC. D, viewing patterns in adults who have been religiously as a child but has been drifting away from spirituality as an adult, as well as the change in the pattern of others in religious participation.


"When someone's Level of spirituality is only part of the story," said Maselko, Assistant Professor of public health at Temple. "We were only able to get a better understanding of the relationship between health and spirituality by knowing the history of the religious life of a person."


Women who change their spiritual participation patterns, whether it's to reduce or increase their involvement, are three times more likely to develop anxiety and other mental health problems as women who are constantly staying active in their church or spiritual practices.


The study did not explain the circumstances of life that may coincide with either sauce or improved-or a change in the pattern of complete spiritual, like a death in the family or other major life upheavals that may accompany the spiritual quest.


In men, the effect seems to be the opposite. The man who has ceased to be an active religion or that change their spiritual pattern is actually less likely to suffer from the effects of mental health than those who remain consistently active.


The study authors hypothesized that the reason for the gender difference has to do with social networking in one's spiritual circles. Maselko says that women are more connected to the network than men. "Women are just more integrated into their religious community social network," said Maselko. "When they stop attending religious services, they lose access to it and all the potential benefits of Men may not as integrated into the religious community in the first place so there may suffer negative consequences, leave."


Maybe so, but that doesn't really explain the benefit seemed to leave the religious circle to male, if statistics from the research is to be believed.


In addition, those who have never been active spiritual have no tariffs differ significantly from anxiety or mental health problems than the two groups in the study.


The study, which was released earlier this year in the journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, involving 279 women and 450 men, and its purpose is to study and compare the lifetime of religious participation and lifetime psychiatric history. Fifty-one percent of women have not been spiritually active since their childhood, and 39% were still involved with religious practices.


This study seems to support the claim that it has some kind of spiritual exercises act as emotional and mental anchor in our lives.