Prayer and depressive symptoms in a period of secularization: patterns among older adults in the Netherlands.

@article{Braam2007PrayerAD,
  title={Prayer and depressive symptoms in a period of secularization: patterns among older adults in the Netherlands.},
  author={Arjan W Braam and Dorly J. H. Deeg and Jan L Poppelaars and Aartjan T. F. Beekman and Willem van Tilburg},
  journal={The American journal of geriatric psychiatry : official journal of the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry},
  year={2007},
  volume={15 4},
  pages={273-81}
}
OBJECTIVE Prayer is generally recognized as an important aspect of religiousness. Relatively few empiric studies examined the relation between prayer and depressive symptoms in later life, and findings so far are mixed. METHOD Respondents, aged 60-91 years, participated in the third (N = 1,702) and fourth (N = 1,346) assessment cycles, with three-year intervals, of the Longitudinal Aging Study Amsterdam. Data were collected on frequency of prayer, perceived meaningfulness of prayer, religious… CONTINUE READING

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