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J Health Psychol. 2007 Mar;12(2):249-60.

Socioeconomic differences in the effects of prayer on physical symptoms and quality of life.

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  • 1University of California, San Francisco, CA 94143-1726, USA.


The extent to which religiosity is related to well-being may differ as a function of race/ethnicity, education or income. We asked 155 caregivers to complete measures of religiosity, prayer, physical symptoms and quality of life. Lower education and, to a lesser extent, lower income were correlated with religiosity and prayer. There were few direct relationships of religiosity and prayer with quality of life and health symptoms. However, the relationships became significant when education and, to a lesser degree, income were taken into account. Prayer was associated with fewer health symptoms and better quality of life among less educated caregivers.

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