Lifetime Trauma, Praying for Others, and C-Reactive Protein

Neal Krause, Gail Ironson, Kenneth I. Pargament

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Research indicates that praying for others may offset the effects of stress on self-rated health and psychological well-being. The purpose of the current study is to extend this literature by seeing whether praying for others moderates the effects of exposure to lifetime trauma on a key marker of inflammation: C-reactive protein. The data come from a recent nationwide survey of adults of all ages (N = 1,589). Levels of C-reactive protein were obtained from assays of blood spots drawn from a capillary fingerstick. The findings suggest that the magnitude of the relationship between lifetime trauma and C-reactive protein is completely offset for study participants who frequently pray for others. The theoretical implications of this research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)249-261
Number of pages13
JournalBiodemography and Social Biology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Anthropology
  • Genetics


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