Prayer and subjective well-being: the application of a cognitive-behavioural framework

John Maltby, Christopher Alan Lewis, Liza Day

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The aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between a model of prayer and a measure of subjective well-being within the context of a cognitive-behavioural framework. A community sample of 173 (77 males and 96 females) British adults completed measures of prayer activity and the General Health Questionnaire-28. The present findings suggest that meditative prayer, frequency of prayer, and prayer experience account for unique variance (among other measures of prayer) in a general measure of subjective well-being. The results demonstrate the potential usefulness of a cognitive-behavioural framework to help better understand the relationship between prayer and subjective well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)119-129
Number of pages11
JournalMental Health, Religion and Culture
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


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