The Psychological Impact of the Jesus Prayer among Non-Conventional Catholics

Marta Rubinart, Albert Fornieles, Joan Deus

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Abstract

© 2017, Springer Science+Business Media New York. This pilot study explored the psychological impact of a 2-month intervention with the Jesus Prayer among a sample taken from a community of middle-aged Catholics in Spain. The study collected quantitative data on psychological symptoms with the Revised Symptom Checklist 90 (SCL-90-R) and on personality traits with the Revised Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI-R) at three different times: baseline, post-intervention, and 5 months after the 2-month intervention. It also collected quantitative data on transient mood states with the Profile of Mood States (POMS) before and after a 25-min intervention with the Jesus Prayer, plus data on adherence 2 years after the inquiry. Statistical analysis found lower scores on Interpersonal Sensitivity (p = .009) and Phobic Anxiety (p = .03) psychological symptoms after the 2-month intervention. Analyses of data also found lower scores and strong effect sizes on Tension (p = .03, d = 1.029) and Fatigue (p = .001, d = 1.390) after a 25-min intervention. The 2-year follow up found that one third of the final sample had completely adhered to a daily practice of the Jesus Prayer. Overall results indicate that the Jesus Prayer may be a relevant practice among Catholics both for well-being and spiritual purposes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-504
JournalPastoral Psychology
Volume66
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017

Keywords

  • Meditation
  • Mood states
  • Personality
  • Prayer
  • Psychological symptoms

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