The relationship among prayer, health behaviors, and protective resources in school-age children
Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing
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.
Sternglanz, W. R.
(2004). The relationship among prayer, health behaviors,
and protective resources in school-age children. Issues in Comprehensive Pediatric Nursing, 27, 245-255.
Available at: http://nsuworks.nova.edu/cps_facarticles/1193