Journal of Religious Education

, Volume 62, Issue 2, pp 79–86 | Cite as

Prayer and personal happiness: a study among secondary school students in Australia

  • Leslie J. FrancisEmail author
  • John W. Fisher


In order to examine the association between prayer and happiness, a sample of 1,002 students, ranging in age from 12- to 18-years, attending ten non-government secondary schools in Victoria, Australia, completed three measures: the Oxford Happiness Inventory, the short form of the Junior Eysenck Personality Questionnaire Revised, and a single-item measure of prayer affect assessed on a five-point scale. The data demonstrated a significant positive correlation between prayer affect and happiness after taking into account individual differences in sex, age and personality.


Psychology Religion Prayer Happiness Adolescents 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Warwick Religions & Education Research Unit, Institute of EducationThe University of WarwickCoventryEngland, UK
  2. 2.Federation UniversityBallaratAustralia

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