Journal of Psychology and Theology

An academic journal promoting the integration of psychology and theology, where theology sets the boundaries for drawing conclusions. Its purpose is to present articles that have a biblical perspective on the nature of humankind.

Articles from Vol. 40, No. 4, Winter

Child Abuse and the Church: A Call for Prevention, Treatment, and Training
Child abuse is both a sin and a crime. In this article, we present a call to the global Christian church to prevent and treat child abuse, and to train professionals across disciplines to do so. Vieth discusses effective child protection policies in...
Earthquake in Haiti: Relationship with the Sacred in Times of Trauma
The devastating earthquake in Haiti on January 12, 2010 killed over 230,000 people and injured many more. One year later, 1.2 million people were still living in tents. Haiti is only one of many places around the globe that have been struck by community-wide...
Future Directions for the Study and Application of Religion, Spirituality, and Trauma Research
A year ago at the international meeting of the Christian Association for Psychological Studies, I (Walker) stood in a symposium being chaired by Aten and asked if the church was really ready to respond to issues of child abuse, domestic violence, and...
Journal of Clinical Psychology
Harris, J. I., Erbes, C. R., Engdahl, B. E., Thuras, P., Murray-Swank, N., Grace, D., ... Le, T. The Effectiveness of a Trauma-Focused Spiritually Integrated Intervention for Veterans Exposed to Trauma Vol. 67(4), 425-438 (2011) Interventions...
Professional Psychology: Research and Practice
Brady, J.L., Guy, J.D., Poelstra, EL., and Brokaw, B.F. Vicarious Traumatization, Spirituality, and the Treatment of Sexual Abuse Survivors: A National Survey of Women Psychotherapists Vol. 30, 386-393 (1999) Working with trauma victims is...
Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy
Wortmann, J.H., Park, C.L., and Edmondson, D. Trauma and PTSD Symptoms: Does Spiritual Struggle Mediate the Link? Vol. 3, 442-452 (2011) There are many studies geared to investigate the mechanisms that are at work in the development and maintenance...
Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
This section of the Journal attempts to keep readers informed of current resources of an integrative nature or those related to the general field of the psychology of religion appearing in other professional journals. A wide range of psychological...
Psychology of Religion and Spirituality
Schultz, J.M., Tallman, B.A., and Altmaier, E.M. Pathways to Posttraumatic Growth: The Contributions of Forgiveness and Importance of Religion and Spirituality Vol. 2,104-114 (2010) Posttraumatic growth has become a growing area of interest...
Religion, Spirituality, and Trauma: An Introduction
Current research trends suggest that about half of all people will experience directly, or vicariously, some form of trauma over the course of their lifespan. Recent societal events, such as high profile child abuse cases and scandals, increased rates...
Religious Considerations and Self-Forgiveness in Treating Complex Trauma and Moral Injury in Present and Former Soldiers
Being in the military, especially if deployed in combat or combat potential settings, can create opportunities for self-condemnation--occurring through moral injury or apart from and within the context of complex trauma. Moral injury is internal conflict...
The Lived Coping Experiences of South Mississippi and New Orleans Clergy Affected by Hurricane Katrina: An Exploratory Study
Over seventy percent of Americans identify with some faith community and use their faith as a means to cope with life experiences, especially following disasters (Weaver, Flannelly, Garbarino, Figley, & Flannelly, 2003). Clergy have been found...
The Relationship between Religiosity, PTSD, and Depressive Symptoms in Veterans in PTSD Residential Treatment
Veterans who have experienced traumatic events may develop posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depression. These traumatic experiences and their sequelae can lead Veterans to question their religious and spiritual faith. Studies with community...
Trauma, Attachment, and Spirituality: A Case Study
The goal of this article is to illustrate the interaction between trauma, attachment, and spirituality, and to demonstrate how to address this interaction in long-term attachment-based psychoanalysis. Toward that end, this article briefly summarizes...
What Would Walther Do? Applying Law and Gospel to Victims and Perpetrators of Child Sexual Abuse
Counselors and theologians failing to understand the dynamics of child sexual abuse cases often apply the concept of law and gospel incorrectly. When this happens, perpetrators are emboldened to offend again and many victims leave the church. To assist...