The world of mental health has a strong, healthy reliance on evidence-based practices that has led to some very effective therapy models. Christianity historically has not relied on research, but tradition, culture, and values. So when we marry the two into Christian mental health, we need to hold both in reverence that I believe furthers the other.
The problem is that the research is scattered across many different platforms and so we wanted to find a cohesive location for it. Below we have a list of evidence supported research. While not all research is the same (read: longitudinal, peer-reviewed, reliability and validity, quantitative and qualitative, and survey versus case study), the ones below we feel are statistically significant based off the report that goes with the data. As we come across more and cite them in our articles, we will be sure to update this list as well as in future iterations, have categories for better reading.
See research you feel needs to be on here that hits the intersection of faith and mental health? Let us know!
- Mental Illness Remains Taboo Topic for Many Pastors
Mental Illness Remains Taboo Topic. Lifeway Research, September 2014.
- Americans believe churches would welcome individual with mental illness
Our article | American Views of Mental Heath Issues. Lifeway Research, September, 2013.
- Suicide statistics within the Church
Our article | Churchgoer View on Suicide. Lifeway Research, September 2017.
- Pastors’ view on marijuana
Our article | Pastors’ view on marijuana. Lifeway Research, September 2020.
- Porn in the Church
Our article | Porn in the Church. CovenantEyes, No date given.
- Pastors and Porn
Our article | The Porn Phenomenon. Barna, August 2015.
- Relationships strengthen mental health
KeyMinistry article | Restoring Relationships. Barna, September 2020.
- How marriage and parenting impact an individual’s understanding of forgiveness
Our article | The Mercy Journey. Barna, May 2019.
- Being Christian Doesn’t Guarantee Marital Happiness
Our article | Marital Satisfaction and Counseling Research Findings. Marriagehelper.com, May 2021.
- Pastor burnout and rewards
Our article | Pastor’s Well-Being. Barna, October 2021. Pastors Quitting Ministry. Barna, March 2022.
- Pastor self-care needs
Our article | The Greatest Needs of Pastors: Personal Needs and Self-Care, Lifeway Research, April 2022.
- Pastoral mental health
Our article | 2021 Pastoral Mental Health Report, Faithlife, July 2021.
- Decline of church attendance
Our article | State of the Church 2020. Barna, September 2020.
- Cultural Humility In The Church
Our article | Where Do We Go from Here? Barna, April 2020.
- Churches Welcome Persons With Disabilities
Our article | Churches Believe They Are Welcoming to Those With Disabilities. Lifeway Research, March 2020.
- Are their many Christian social workers?
Our article | The Religiosity and Spiritual Beliefs and Practices of Clinical Social Workers. Social Work, January 2018.
- Religious participation strongly promotes health and wellness
Our article | Religious Service Attendance and Deaths Related to Drugs, Alcohol, and Suicide Among US Health Care Professionals. JAMA Psychiatry, 2020.
- The Mental Health Benefits of Church
Our article | Religious Communities and Human Flourishing. Association for Pyschological Science, 2017.