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Prayer and Health: Review, Meta-Analysis, and Research Agenda

Overview of attention for article published in Journal of Behavioral Medicine, May 2007
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  • In the top 25% of all research outputs scored by Altmetric
  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (86th percentile)

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Title
Prayer and Health: Review, Meta-Analysis, and Research Agenda
Published in
Journal of Behavioral Medicine, May 2007
DOI 10.1007/s10865-007-9106-7
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Authors

Kevin S. Masters, Glen I. Spielmans

Abstract

This article reviews the empirical research on prayer and health and offers a research agenda to guide future studies. Though many people practice prayer and believe it affects their health, scientific evidence is limited. In keeping with a general increase in interest in spirituality and complementary and alternative treatments, prayer has garnered attention among a growing number of behavioral scientists. The effects of distant intercessory prayer are examined by meta-analysis and it is concluded that no discernable effects can be found. The literature regarding frequency of prayer, content of prayer, and prayer as a coping strategy is subsequently reviewed. Suggestions for future research include the conduct of experimental studies based on conceptual models that include precise operationally defined constructs, longitudinal investigations with proper measure of control variables, and increased use of ecological momentary assessment techniques.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 9 7%
Germany 1 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
Australia 1 <1%
Italy 1 <1%
India 1 <1%
Unknown 116 89%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 26 20%
Student > Master 17 13%
Student > Bachelor 16 12%
Researcher 13 10%
Professor 11 8%
Other 47 36%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 49 38%
Medicine and Dentistry 22 17%
Social Sciences 15 12%
Arts and Humanities 10 8%
Unspecified 10 8%
Other 24 18%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 9. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 17 February 2018.
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#1,850,710
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Outputs from Journal of Behavioral Medicine
#145
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#15,651
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Outputs of similar age from Journal of Behavioral Medicine
#2
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