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Influence of Religious Practice and Church Interpersonal Trust on Spiritual Experience during COVID-19 Pandemic

Department of Counseling Psychology, College of Health and Welfare, Sahmyook University, Seoul 01795, Korea
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Religions 2022, 13(7), 580; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13070580
Received: 31 March 2022 / Revised: 2 June 2022 / Accepted: 18 June 2022 / Published: 22 June 2022
(This article belongs to the Section Religions and Health/Psychology/Social Sciences)
The COVID-19 pandemic not only increased the risk of poor physical health but also brought about a crisis of spiritual health through restrictions on worship services. This study examined the spiritual health of Christians living in the era of COVID-19 and analyzed the role of personal religious practice and interpersonal trust in the church. To this end, 600 Christian adults were surveyed. This study found that women’s spiritual experience was higher than men’s and tended to be higher with older age and the length of faith. These results were linked to church duties, as duty holders had more spiritual experience than laypersons. Regarding individual religious practice and interpersonal trust, the group who frequently prayed and read the Bible and the group with high interpersonal trust in the church had high daily spiritual experiences, respectively. A comprehensive analysis through decision tree analysis showed that prayer was the variable showing the greatest difference in daily spiritual experience, while Bible reading was the second most important personal religious activity. Regarding church interpersonal trust, interaction-based trust and institution-based trust contributed to enhancing personal spiritual experience. Personal religious practice was reported as a more important variable in the promotion of spiritual experience than interpersonal factors during COVID-19. View Full-Text
Keywords: church; interpersonal trust; spiritual experience; religion; decision making church; interpersonal trust; spiritual experience; religion; decision making
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Lee, K.; Jeong, G.-C. Influence of Religious Practice and Church Interpersonal Trust on Spiritual Experience during COVID-19 Pandemic. Religions 2022, 13, 580. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13070580

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Lee K, Jeong G-C. Influence of Religious Practice and Church Interpersonal Trust on Spiritual Experience during COVID-19 Pandemic. Religions. 2022; 13(7):580. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13070580

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Lee, Kunho, and Goo-Churl Jeong. 2022. "Influence of Religious Practice and Church Interpersonal Trust on Spiritual Experience during COVID-19 Pandemic" Religions 13, no. 7: 580. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13070580

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