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n African Journal for Physical Health Education, Recreation and Dance - Influence of a prayer programme on physiological coherence, health and spirituality perceptions

Volume 20, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1117-4315

Abstract

The goal of this study was to examine the influence of a prayer programme on physiological coherence, health and spirituality perceptions. A within group, pre-test and post-test, design was employed to assess changes in physiological and psychological variables. A convenience sample of 10 participants, 5 men and 5 women, with a mean age of 44.8 years and an age range from 23 to 78 years, completed the programme, which consisted of rest, intercessory, gratitude, contemplative and heart prayer conditions. Significant increases in physiological coherence and spirituality perceptions, as well as reported health improvements, were associated with the prayer programme in general and the heart prayer in particular. Findings are discussed in relation to previous and future research.

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2014-12-01
2019-10-18

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