Landmark Spirituality and Health Survey Invites New Investigators

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The link between human health and religious or spiritual practices has long been postulated. Now, it is being put to the test in the Landmark Spirituality and Health Survey, a nationwide face-to-face survey of 3,000 respondents funded by a grant from the John Templeton Foundation. The survey examines the effects of spirituality on people’s health, attitudes, relationships, and lives, and the results can now be followed on a brand new website.

“Religion stands at the juncture of key concerns in life,” explains Neal Krause, professor at the University of Michigan School of Public Health who is directing the study. “It’s where many turn to get answers to the inevitable big questions – questions that have been linked to health in their own right. We are setting up the infrastructure for an ongoing study that will extend for what we hope is quite some time.”

To that end, the new website includes a section for new investigators—the researchers Krause and his team hope will join in, over time, to broaden the research base. Junior researchers, who earned their PhDs not more than three years ago, are currently being invited to apply to work on the survey. There is also a section focused on analyses, and a newsletter for practitioners will be published on the site, too.