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Psychological Perspectives on Prayer: a reader




Introduction Jeff Astley

1 Empirical research on prayer: an overview

1.1 The psychology of Christian prayer: a review of empirical research Leslie J Francis and Thomas E Evans

2 Prayer and psychological development

2.1 Egocentric thought in petitionary prayer: a cross-cultural study Laurence B Brown

2.2 The child’s conception of prayer Diane Long, David Elkind and Bernard Spilka

2.3 The development of the concept of prayer in Jewish-Israeli children and adolescents Rina Rosenberg

3 Prayer and adolescence

3.1 A content analysis of the praying practices of Dutch youth Jacques Janssen, Joep de Hart and Christine den Draak

3.2 Secondary students and changing attitudes to prayer Gideon Goosen and Kris Dunner

3.3 The influence of home, church and school on prayer among sixteen-year-old adolescents in England Leslie J Francis and Laurence B Brown

4 Personality and prayer

4.1 Jungian types and forms of prayer Thomas E Clarke, SJ

4.2 Prayer form preferences of Keirsey temperaments and psychological types Roger Ware, C Ronald Knapp and Helmut Schwarzin

4.3 Personality, prayer and church attendance among undergraduate students Leslie J Francis

5 Effects of intercessory prayer

5.1 Statistical inquiries into the efficacy of prayer Francis Galton

5.2 The positive effect of prayer on plants Robert N Miller

5.3 Positive therapeutic effects of intercessory prayer in a coronary care unit population Randolph C Byrd

5.4 A randomised, controlled trial of the effects of remote, intercessory prayer on outcomes in patients admitted to the coronary care unit William S Harris, Manohar Gowda, Jerry W Kolb, Christopher P Strychacz, James L Vacek, Philip G Jones, Alan Forker, James H O’Keefe and Ben D McCallister.

6 Prayer and carers

6.1 Beliefs and attitudes of hospital inpatients about faith healing and prayer Dana E King and Bruce Bushwick

6.2 Physician religious beliefs and the physician-patient relationship: a study of devout physicians Kenneth E Olive

6.3 Patterns and meanings of prayer in hospice caregivers: an exploratory study Suzanne Schneider and Robert Kastenbaum

6.4 The parish clergy’s ministry of prayer with hospitalised parishioners Larry VandeCreek

7 Prayer and faith

7.1 Prayer, religiosity, and healing in the Heartland, USA Kathy K Trier and Anson Shupe

7.2 Prayer experience and religious orientation Ralph W Hood Jr, Ronald J Morris and Paul J Watson

7.3 Religious cognitions and use of prayer in health and illness Lucille B Bearon and Harold G Koenig

8 Prayer and quality of life

8.1 Exploring types of prayer and quality of life Margaret M Poloma and Brian F Pendleton

8.2 The phenomenology and psychological correlates of verbal prayer Douglas G Richards

8.3 The relationship between personal prayer and purpose in life among churchgoing and non-churchgoing twelve-to-fifteen-year-olds in the UK Leslie J Francis and Thomas E Evans

9 Prayer and coping

9.1 A controlled evaluation of devotional meditation and progressive relaxation Charles R Carlson, Panayiota E Bacaseta and Dexter A Simanton

9.2 Turning to prayer: social and situational antecedents of religious coping among African Americans Christopher G Ellison and Robert Joseph Taylor

9.3 Health locus of control and helpfulness of prayer Theresa L Saudia, Marguerite R Kinney, Kathleen C Brown and Leslie Young-Ward

10 Prayer and health

10.1 Prayer, meditation, exercise, and special diets: behaviors of the hardy person with HIV/AIDS Verna Benner Carson

10.2 Prayer and health during pregnancy: findings from the Galveston low birth weight survey Jeffrey S Levin, John S Lyons and David B Larson

11 Prayer and therapy

11.1 An empirical study of contemplative prayer as an adjunct to psychotherapy John R Finney and H Newton Malony

11.2 Prayer as therapy among the frail Jewish elderly Leah Abramowitz