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Authors

  1. Nance, Jennifer G. DNP, RN, CPNP
  2. Quinn Griffin, Mary T. PhD, RN
  3. McNulty, Sister Rita DNP, RN, CNP
  4. Fitzpatrick, Joyce J. PhD, RN, FAAN

Abstract

Prayer is the most common complementary and alternative intervention used by most Americans. Yet, little is known about the prayer practices of young adults. In this exploratory study, 4 types of prayer practices of 62 young adults (21-30 years old) are described. The 4 different categories of prayer were: contemplative-meditative, ritualistic, petitionary, and colloquial. Participants most often used colloquial prayer practice, that is, asking God to provide guidance or talking to God in their own words. Recommendations for future research are included.