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Ever asked others to pray for your own health

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For sample adults in 2002 and 2007, PRAOTHEV indicates whether the respondent had ever asked or had others pray specifically for the purpose of the respondent's own health. Those who answered affirmatively were asked whether they had asked others to pray for the respondent's own health in the past 12 months (PRAOTHYR).

PRAOTHEV is part of a series of variables from the 2002 and 2007 supplements on Complementary and Alternative medicine. In those years, respondents were asked about their use of prayer/spiritual healing and 15 other modalities of alternative medicine. Information on sample children's use of prayer and spiritual healing was not collected in either year, although their use of the other modalities of alternative medicine was included in the 2007 survey. For more information about the Alternative Health supplements, see ACUYR. For more information about the full range of variables related to prayer/spiritual healing, including definitions, see PRARITYR.


PRAOTHEV is fully comparable for 2002 and 2007.


  • 2002; 2007: Sample adults age 18+.


  • 2002, 2007