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Buddhism's Influence on Health in the Family

  • By: Chamlong Disayavanish
  • In: Encyclopedia of Family Health
  • Edited by: Martha Craft-Rosenberg & Shelley-Rae Pehler
  • Subject:Family Health, Family Policy, Family Law

Family relationships, dynamics, and social supports are significantly related to the health and wellness of an individual. Positive relationships support health functioning, and negative relationships contribute to stress and adverse health outcomes. Marriage is the family relationship that is mainly associated with physical and mental health; divorce and remarriage are two common and stressful transitions in the family life cycle. A family with an emphasis on religion, discipline, and parenthood tends to create a happy family atmosphere.

Many studies indicate that the Buddhist doctrine can be effectively applied to promote health among the family members. In many good Buddhist families, parents and children spend some time together reciting religious verses, practicing loving kindness and meditation. This establishes and maintains a friendly and peaceful environment in the ...

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