*Professor of Religions and Education, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
**Senior Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, UK
*** Research Fellow University of Warwick, Coventry, UK
****Research Associate, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, UK
Έκδοση / Published: Τόμος 2ος, Τεύχος 1ο [ Απρίλιος 2019 ] / Vol. IΙ, Issue 1 [ April 2019 ]
Σελίδες / Pages: 39-52
Κατηγορία / Category: Άρθρο με διπλή κριτική αξιολόγηση / Peer-reviewed article
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Περίληψη / Abstract
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 relevance 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 the discussion of prayer with the 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.
Λέξεις κλειδιά / Keywords
Psychology of prayer, parental influence, church schools, children.
Βιβλιογραφική αναφορά / Reference:
Francis, J.L., ap Siôn, T., Lankshear, W.D., & Eccles, L.E. (2019). Factors shaping prayer frequency among 9- to 11-year-olds. Ελληνική Περιοδική Έκδοση για τη Θρησκευτική Εκπαίδευση / Greek Journal of Religious Education, 2(1), 39-52, DOI: 10.30457/30420193
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