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Prayer and Subjective Well-Being: The Moderating Role of Religious Support

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We examined the associations of different types of prayer with subjective well-being—with a religious support as a potential moderator—in a sample of Korean adults. In a cross-sectional study, 468 participants completed measures of five prayer types (adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication, and reception prayer), subjective well-being, and religious support. After controlling for background variables, the thanks-giving prayers had positive associations and supplication prayers had negative associations with subjective well-being. In examining the potential moderating role of religious support, the current findings showed that religious support strengthened the relationship between reception prayer and subjective well-being, especially among individuals who perceived moderate and high levels of religious support. These findings indicate differential associations between prayer type and well-being in Korean adults.

Affiliations: 1: College of Education, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies Imun-dong, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul, 130-791Korea82-2-2173-3213 ; 2: Korea Baptist Theological University/Seminary


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