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Prayer and subjective well-being: An examination of six different types of prayer
International Journal for the Psychology of Religion (2010)
  • Bramdon L. Whittington, Eastern Illinois University
  • Steven J. Scher, Eastern Illinois University
Abstract

Participants (N = 430) were recruited online and completed a measure of six prayer types (adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication, reception, and obligatory prayer). Measures of subjective well-being (self-esteem, optimism, meaning in life, satisfaction with life) were also administered. Three forms of prayer (adoration, thanksgiving, reception) had consistently positive relations with well-being measures, whereas the other three forms of prayer had negative or null relations with the well-being measures. The prayer types having positive effects appear to be less ego-focused, and more focused on God, whereas the negative types have an opposite nature. These results highlight the role of psychological meaning as a part of the process whereby prayer impacts psychological well-being.

Keywords
  • PRAYER,
  • WELL-being,
  • Psychological aspects,
  • CONFESSION,
  • GRATITUDE,
  • SELF-esteem
Disciplines
Publication Date
2010
Publisher Statement
Final version available at http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/hjpr20/current#.VEF6KCldU3g
Citation Information
Bramdon L. Whittington and Steven J. Scher. "Prayer and subjective well-being: An examination of six different types of prayer" International Journal for the Psychology of Religion Vol. 20 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/steven_scher/2/