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Spiritual coping a predictor of mental health

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) say spiritual coping strategies such as finding strength in a higher power or feelings of spiritual punishment are predictors of mental health in youth with chronic conditions, and they recommend clinicians assess spirituality in distressed adolescents.

Participants and their caregivers self-reported measures of positive and negative spiritual coping strategies. Answers revealed that positive spiritual coping, such as the use of spiritual beliefs for decision-making or finding strength, was associated with fewer emotional problems, such as depression or anxiety, as well as fewer behavioral problems, such as aggression or hyperactivity."

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From The Urantia Book:

100:4.3 But the great problem of religious living consists in the task of unifying the soul powers of the personality by the dominance of LOVE. Health, mental efficiency, and happiness arise from the unification of physical systems, mind systems, and spirit systems. Of health and sanity man understands much, but of happiness he has truly realized very little. The highest happiness is indissolubly linked with spiritual progress. Spiritual growth yields lasting joy, peace which passes all understanding.

As for positive coping, here is how Jesus taught:

127:4.2 By the beginning of this year Jesus had fully won his mother to the acceptance of his methods of child training—the positive injunction to do good in the place of the older Jewish method of forbidding to do evil. In his home and throughout his public-teaching career Jesus invariably employed the positive form of exhortation. Always and everywhere did he say, “You shall do this—you ought to do that.” Never did he employ the negative mode of teaching derived from the ancient taboos. He refrained from placing emphasis on evil by forbidding it, while he exalted the good by commanding its performance. Prayer time in this household was the occasion for discussing anything and everything relating to the welfare of the family.

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