Closeness and control: Exploring the relationship between prayer and mental health

Benjamin Jeppsen, Patrick Pössel, Stephanie Winkeljohn Black, Annie Bjerg, Don Wooldridge

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This study explored closeness to God and God-mediated control as mediators in the relationship between prayer and mental health. The authors tested 3 models for mediation using structural equation modeling to assess the separate and combined effects in an online sample of 330 praying adults from predominantly Christian backgrounds. Although both mediators were relevant when entered separately, closeness to God proved to be a superior mediator when both variables were entered in 1 model. Counselors should consider prayer behaviors when culturally relevant and encourage meditative and colloquial prayer for clients where increased sources of perceived social support would be beneficial.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-185
Number of pages22
JournalCounseling and Values
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Religious studies


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