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J Fam Psychol. 2014 Oct;28(5):587-93. doi: 10.1037/a0034999. Epub 2013 Dec 23.

I say a little prayer for you: praying for partner increases commitment in romantic relationships.

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1
FSU Family Institute.
2
Department of Psychology, University of Georgia.

Abstract

Partner-focused petitionary prayer (PFPP) has received little attention in the prayer literature. In two studies, we examine PFPP to see whether it is uniquely important in conveying relationship benefits, whether its benefits are transmitted through an effect on relationship satisfaction, and whether one's own or the partner's PFPP is central to beneficial effects. In Study 1, we examined PFPP in a sample of 316 undergraduate students who were in an "exclusive" romantic relationship, finding that PFPP was related to later level of commitment and that this relationship was partially mediated through enhanced relationship satisfaction. Study 2 examined PFPP in a sample of 205, married African American couples, finding that both partners' PFPP was consequential for commitment, with actor effects partially mediated through relationship quality, and partner effects fully mediated. Together the studies suggest the value of continued investigation of PFPP as a potentially important vehicle for enhancing relationship outcomes.

PMID:
24364362
DOI:
10.1037/a0034999
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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