Factors shaping prayer frequency among 9- to 11-year-olds

Francis, L.J., ap Sion, T., Lankshear, D.W. and Eccles, E.L. (2019) Factors shaping prayer frequency among 9- to 11-year-olds. Greek Journal of Religious Education, 2 (1). pp. 39-52. ISSN 2623-4386

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This paper begins by reviewing the evidence from international research concerning the personal and social correlates of prayer frequency during childhood and adolescence. Overall these data continue to support the view that young people who pray not only report higher levels of personal wellbeing but also report higher levels of pro-social attitudes. These findings raise a research question of particular relelvance within church schools regarding the factors that predict higher levels of prayer activity among students. The Student Voice Project offers data that can illuminate this research question. Among the 3,101 9- to 11-year-old students who participated in the project 11% prayed daily, 9% at least once a week, 32% sometimes, 11% once or twice a year, and 37% never. The present paper tests the power of four sets of predictor variables to account for individual differences in prayer frequency among these students: personal factors (age and sex), psychological factors (using the three dimensional model of personality proposed by Eysenck), church attendance (self, mother, and father), and family discussion about prayer (mother, father, and grandparents). Multiple regression analyses identified discussion of prayer with mother as the single most important predictor. These findings locate the development of the practice of prayer within the home, even more than within the church.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2019 Kairos. This is an author accepted manuscript of a paper subsequently published in the Greek Journal of Religious Education. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: psychology of prayer, parental influence, church schools, children
Divisions: School of Humanities
Depositing User: Tania Ap Sion
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2019 15:57
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2021 11:10
URI: https://bgro.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/585

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