Counseling and Human Development
Significant associations of private prayer with mental health have been found, while mechanisms underlying these associations are largely unknown. This cross-sectional online study (N = 325, age: 35.74, SD: 18.50, 77.5% female) used path modeling to test if trust-based beliefs (whether, when, and how prayers are answered) mediated the associations of prayer frequency with the Anxiety, Confusion, and Depression Profile of Mood States-Short Form (POMS) scales. The association of prayer and Depression was fully mediated by trust-based beliefs; associations with Anxiety and Confusion were partially mediated. Further the interaction of prayer frequency by stress was association with Anxiety.
Original Publication Information
Pössel, Patrick, Stephanie Winkeljohn Black, Annie C. Bjerg, Benjamin D. Jeppsen and Don T. Wooldridge. "Do Trust-Based Beliefs Mediate the Associations of Frequency of Private Prayer with Mental Health? A Cross-Sectional Study." 2014. Journal of Religion and Health 53(3): 904-916.
Pössel, Patrick; Winkeljohn Black, Stephanie; Bjerg, Annie C.; Jeppsen, Benjamin D.; and Wooldridge, Don T., "Do trust-based beliefs mediate the associations of frequency of private prayer with mental health? : a cross-sectional study." (2014). Faculty Scholarship. 269.