ERIC Number: EJ1182135
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Abstractor: As Provided
Prayer Lessons to Promote Happiness among Kindergarten School Children: A Cross-Country Experimental Study
Pandya, Samta P.
Religious Education, v113 n2 p216-230 2018
Based on a one-year longitudinal experimental study with 3,782 kindergarten school children across 15 countries, this article examines the association between prayer and happiness. Results show that the post-test scores on the faces scale were higher for the participant group who had taken the prayer lessons vis-à-vis the comparison group. Regression analyses showed that children from affluent countries, Christian children, those who took more prayer lessons, and those who regularly self-practiced were more likely to be happier. Hierarchical and Tobit regression models revealed that frequency of prayer lessons and self-practice were strongest predictors of post-test faces scale scores. The happiness promoting potential of prayer for kindergarten school children is foregrounded.
Descriptors: Scores, Cross Cultural Studies, Christianity, Pretests Posttests, Religious Factors, Regression (Statistics), Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Psychological Patterns, Longitudinal Studies, Kindergarten, Predictor Variables, Correlation, Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Comparative Analysis, Likert Scales, Religious Education, Statistical Analysis, Structural Equation Models, Foreign Countries, Randomized Controlled Trials, Intervention
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Kindergarten
Authoring Institution: N/A
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