College of Psychology: Faculty Articles

Title

The relationship among prayer, health behaviors, and protective resources in school-age children

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2004

Publication Title

Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing

ISSN

0146-0862

Volume

27

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine (1) the relationship between children's use of prayer as a coping strategy and other protective resources, and (2) whether children who prayed frequently and those who never prayed exhibited different levels of perceived stress and health behaviors. Prayer was found to be positively related to the protective resources of social connectedness and sense of humor. In addition, children who prayed frequently reported significantly higher levels of positive health behaviors than children who never prayed. These two groups of children did not significantly differ in their levels of perceived stress.

DOI

10.1080/01460860490884156

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