in Current Research
STUDY #1: Family Relationships in the Jewish Community
This project will explore how interactions between spouses influence relationships in the Jewish community. We are looking for Jewish individuals who are 18 years of age and older to participate in this study by completing a 20-minute on-line survey. Our survey contains questions about religion/spirituality, personality, and responses to a short vignette describing a couple interacting. The questions have been designed so that Jewish individuals of all beliefs and denominations will be able to complete them. THIS STUDY IS NOW CLOSED TO NEW PARTICIPANTS. WE ARE GRATEFUL TO THOSE WHO HAVE PARTICIPATED. TO BE INFORMED OF THE STUDY RESULTS WHEN THEY ARE PUBLISHED PLEASE JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST
STUDY #2: A Longitudinal-Experimental Study of Jewish Spirituality and Mental Health
While a number of published reports have described important ties between Jewish spirituality and psychological functioning, almost all existing studies have been cross sectional. Consequently, it remains unclear whether Jewish spirituality is a cause, consequence or perhaps simply co-occurs with psychological functioning. With the help of a generous grant from the F.I.S.H. Foundation and several individual private donors, JPSYCH will soon commence a landmark study following five cohorts of Jewish individuals across a range of religious observance, over a period of three years. Alongside self-report measures of spiritual beliefs/practices and a psychological functioning, participants will complete experimental tasks to assess for reaction times in response to spiritual stimuli. This novel methodology will facilitate a more objective measurement of implicit (latent) spiritual beliefs, alongside subjective appraisals of personal spiritual involvement. JPSYCH is privilaged to collaborate with Drs. Kenneth I. Pargament (Bowling Green State University), David Pelcovitz (Yeshiva University), Jedidiah Siev (Nova Southeastern University) & Adam Cohen (Arizona State University) on this novel project. THIS STUDY IS NOW CLOSED TO NEW PARTICIPANTS. WE ARE GRATEFUL TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE SIGNED UP AND LOOK FORWARD TO THEIR CONTINUED PARTICIPATION. TO BE INFORMED OF THE STUDY RESULTS WHEN THEY ARE PUBLISHED PLEASE JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST.
STUDY #3: Prayer and Mental Health: Mechanisms
There is much empirical evidence that private prayer has a positive effect on mental health and well-being, however little work has examined the mechanisms by which these effects may occur. Further, most research in this area has focused solely within the Christian faith. This longitudinal study will assess for frequency of private prayers, mental health and psychological well-being, and several possible intrapersonal mechanisms among both Christians, Muslims and Jewish adults. THIS STUDY IS NOW CLOSED TO NEW PARTICIPANTS. WE ARE GRATEFUL TO THE 203 JEWISH INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE PARTICIPATING. TO BE INFORMED OF THE STUDY RESULTS WHEN THEY ARE PUBLISHED PLEASE JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST.
STUDY #4: Jewish Attitudes Towards Depression
Depression is a highly common mental disorder which impacts
people of all walks of life. The purpose of this study is
to examine Jewish attitudes towards depression and various
treatment options. This research is being spearheaded by David
Baruch, a graduate student of Clinical Psychology in conjuction
with associate professor Jonathan Kanter at the University
of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. THIS STUDY IS NOW CLOSED FOR DATA ANALYSES - WE ARE GRATEFUL TO ALL 325 PEOPLE WHO PARTICIPATED. TO BE INFORMED OF THE STUDY RESULTS WHEN THEY ARE PUBLISHED PLEASE JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST.