Relational processes in prayer : a reflection of the effects of culture on religious experience.
Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Counseling and Human Development
Counseling and Personnel Services, PhD
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
Prayer--Social aspects; Faith--Social aspects; Religion and culture; Experience (Religion)--Social aspects
This study explores the mediating effect of one’s perceived relationship with God on the relationship between prayer and mental health in a cultural context. As an interpersonal activity, prayer may operate along relational constructs. Research supports a theoretical mechanism of prayer that aligns with the benefits of supportive interpersonal relationships. It is possible, then, that as relational processes change across dimensions of individualism and collectivism, prayer may mirror these same changes. A model for collectivistic and individualistic approaches to prayer is proposed and placed within a relational model for prayer’s effects on mental health. However, due to instrument failure, the hypotheses were not testable. The construct validity of the Inward, Outward, Upward Prayer scale is called into question and further research into taxonomies of prayer is encouraged.
Jeppsen, Benjamin David, "Relational processes in prayer : a reflection of the effects of culture on religious experience." (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 2235.