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J Relig Health. 2016 Aug;55(4):1136-58. doi: 10.1007/s10943-016-0240-9.

Prevalence and Religious Predictors of Healing Prayer Use in the USA: Findings from the Baylor Religion Survey.

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Institute for Studies of Religion, Baylor University, One Bear Place #97236, Waco, TX, 76798, USA. jeff_levin@baylor.edu.

Abstract

Using data from the 2010 Baylor Religion Survey (N = 1714), this study investigates the prevalence and religious predictors of healing prayer use among US adults. Indicators include prayed for self (lifetime prevalence = 78.8 %), prayed for others (87.4 %), asked for prayer (54.1 %), laying-on-of-hands (26.1 %), and participated in a prayer group (53.0 %). Each was regressed onto eight religious measures, and then again controlling for sociodemographic variables and health. While all religious measures had net effects on at least one healing prayer indicator, the one consistent predictor was a four-item scale assessing a loving relationship with God. Higher scores were associated with more frequent healing prayer use according to every measure, after controlling for all other religious variables and covariates.

KEYWORDS:

Healing; Healthcare use; Prayer; Religion; Spiritual healing

PMID:
27075199
DOI:
10.1007/s10943-016-0240-9
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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