Prayer and psychological health: a study among sixth-form pupils attending Catholic and Protestant schools in Northern Ireland
Francis, Leslie J., Robbins, Mandy, Lewis, Christopher Alan and Barnes, Philip (L. Philip). (2008) Prayer and psychological health: a study among sixth-form pupils attending Catholic and Protestant schools in Northern Ireland. Mental Health, Religion & Culture, Vol.11 (No.1). pp. 85-92. ISSN 1367-4676
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13674670701709055
Eysenck's dimensional model of personality includes two indicators of psychological health, defined as neuroticism and psychoticism. In order to examine the association between psychological health and prayer, two samples of sixth-form pupils in Northern Ireland (16- to 18-year-olds) attending Catholic (N = 1246) and Protestant (N = 1060) schools completed the abbreviated Revised Eysenck Personality Questionnaire alongside a simple measure of prayer frequency. The data demonstrated a positive association between prayer frequency and better levels of psychological health as assessed by Eysenck's notion of psychoticism. Among pupils attending both Catholic and Protestant schools, higher levels of prayer were associated with lower psychoticism scores. Among pupils attending Catholic schools, however, higher levels of prayer were also associated with higher neuroticism scores.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BR Christianity
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute of Education ( -2013)|
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Maudsley personality inventory, Students -- Religious life -- Northern Ireland, Adolescent psychology, Child mental health, Prayer -- Christianity|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Mental Health, Religion & Culture|
|Official Date:||January 2008|
|Page Range:||pp. 85-92|
|Access rights to Published version:||Open Access|
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