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The psychology of prayer and the development of the Prayer Experience Questionnaire

Dein, S; Littlewood, R; (2008) The psychology of prayer and the development of the Prayer Experience Questionnaire. Mental Health, Religion and Culture , 11 (1) 39 - 52. 10.1080/13674670701384396.

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Abstract

To date, prayer has been a largely neglected area in the social sciences. This paper describes four main areas which have been addressed in relation to prayer: the effect of prayer on empirical processes, prayer and coping, the development of praying, and the neurobiology of prayer. After pointing out that the receptive side of prayer has largely been ignored by social scientists, it goes on to describe the development of a new prayer experience questionnaire - the Prayer Experience Questionnaire. This questionnaire examines the frequency and content of prayer alongside eliciting an in-depth phenomenological description of the prayer's encounter with the sacred. Data among a sample are presented and demonstrate the utility of the measure. The potential use of the measure is discussed.

Type:Article
Title:The psychology of prayer and the development of the Prayer Experience Questionnaire
DOI:10.1080/13674670701384396
UCL classification:UCL > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Faculty of Social and Historical Sciences > Anthropology
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry

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