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Prayer, Religiosity, and Healing in the Heartland, USA: A Research Note

Kathy K. Trier and Anson Shupe
Review of Religious Research
Vol. 32, No. 4 (Jun., 1991), pp. 351-358
DOI: 10.2307/3511681
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3511681
Page Count: 8
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Abstract

In recent years interest has grown among sociologists of religion as well as sociologists of medicine about the plethora of alternative health therapies now consumed by Americans. Prayer is one of these. Using data taken from a random sample of Midwesterners, this study examines the prevalence and correlates of prayer specifically addressed to health concerns. Prayer, it was found, was regarded by almost one in three respondents as an efficacious tactic for maintaining and restoring health, but not at the expense of conventional biomedical care. The implications for health care professionals are considered.

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