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RESEARCH

Thestudyofspiritualityandreligionwasgenerallyneglectedinthe medical,social,andbehavioralsciencesuntilrecently.The"lackofenthusiasmonthepartofepidemiologistsforinvestigatingthehealtheffectsofreligion"(Levin&Vanderpool,1987,p.598;seealsoLarson, Sherrill,&Lyons,1994;Weaveretal.,1998)wasevidentinallresearch disciplinesexceptforasmallminorityofsocialandbehavioralscientistswhoconsidereditimportant,manyofwhombenefitedfromthe moralsupportoftheSocietyfortheScientificStudyofReligion,the ReligiousResearchAssociation,andsectionsonreligionintheirprofessionalassociations.