Future Directions in Population-Based Research on Religion, Family Life, and Health in the United States (2010).. Ellison, Christopher G. & Hummer, Robert A. (Eds.) (pp. 431-453). New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press.
Religion is a major social institution in the United States. While the scientific community has experienced a resurgence in the idea that there are important linkages between religion and family life and religion and health outcomes, this area of study is still in its early stages of development, scattered across multiple disciplines, and of uneven quality. To date, no book has featured both reviews of the literature and new empirical findings that define this area for the present and set the agenda for the twenty-first century. Religion, Families, and Health fills this void by bringing together leading social scientists who provide a theoretically rich, methodologically rigorous, and exciting glimpse into a fascinating social institution that continues to be extremely important in the lives of Americans.