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File128 - Extending the spiritual healing paradigm to explore distant mental interaction effects with Wiccan healers2014-102019-05

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a 23
Title:
2010 Grants
Start date: 2011-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010-128
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 24/2010
Title:
128 - Extending the spiritual healing paradigm to explore distant mental interaction effects with Wiccan healers
Duration: 2014-10 - 2019-05
Researcher(s):
Chris Roe, Charmaine Marie Sonnex
Institution(s): Centre for the Study of Anomalous Psychological Processes (CSAPP), University of Northampton, Psychology Division, Northampton (UK)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Progress report
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Roe, C. A.
Secondary author(s):
Sonnex, C.
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Healing / Distant healing / Spiritualism / Spiritual traditions/experiences

DocumentTesting the pagan prescription: using a randomised controlled trial to investigate pagan spell casting as a form of distant spiritual healing 2015

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a 23
Title:
2010 Grants
Start date: 2011-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010-128
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 24/2010
Title:
128 - Extending the spiritual healing paradigm to explore distant mental interaction effects with Wiccan healers
Duration: 2014-10 - 2019-05
Researcher(s):
Chris Roe, Charmaine Marie Sonnex
Institution(s): Centre for the Study of Anomalous Psychological Processes (CSAPP), University of Northampton, Psychology Division, Northampton (UK)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Progress report
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Roe, C. A.
Secondary author(s):
Sonnex, C.
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Healing / Distant healing / Spiritualism / Spiritual traditions/experiences

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010-128.02
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 24/2010
Title:
Testing the pagan prescription: using a randomised controlled trial to investigate pagan spell casting as a form of distant spiritual healing
Publication year: 2015
URL:
http://www.google.pt/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwjEvNzqq8XKAhWGthoKHXBKAjUQFggdMAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.spr.ac.uk%2Fsites%2Fdefault%2Ffiles%2Fcivicrm%2Fpersist%2Fcontribute%2Ffiles%2FBook%2520of%2520Abstracts%2520-%2520compressed%2520for%2520website.pdf&usg=AFQjCNEPjUZoPTTY58F5NKuun4ZsZEMemg&sig2=_yGH2XM48SRTAC0xC1wJsw&bvm=bv.112454388,d.ZWU
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
The aim of this paper is to present on-going research investigating the effects of Neo-Pagan healing spells as a form of distant spiritual healing. Neo-Paganism is an umbrella term for a number of different ‘traditions’ with nature worship, magical beliefs and individualism at their core. It is a fast growing belief system in the UK with numbers of people identifying as Pagan on the UK census doubling between 2001 and 2011 from 42,262 to 80,153 (Office for National Statistics, 2012).
When defining Wicca, one of the larger traditions in Neo-Paganism, Janet and Stewart Farrar (1981) state “as a Craft, its purpose is to achieve practical ends by psychic means for good, useful and healing purposes” (p. 12). When Willin (2007) studied Wiccan spell craft he noted that healing was considered to be an important aspect and when questioning practising Wiccans he found that 50% of respondents used the word healing in answer to the question ‘What form does it (magic) take?’, Willin also found the word healing was mentioned by many respondents in answer to other questions. In spite of this importance of healing in Neo-Paganism, no scientific studies have been conducted to look at its effects. However, previous research investigating the efficacy of spiritual healing practices has been sufficiently successful to warrant further study (Astin, Harkness & Ernst, 2000; Byrd, 1988; Roe, Sonnex & Roxburgh, 2015; Sicher, Targ, Moore & Smith 1998).
A double-blind randomised controlled study is currently being conducted to ascertain if there is evidence of healing effects as a consequence of being treated by experienced Pagan practitioners as they conduct distant healing rituals for specified persons. Various aspects of the design of the study were informed by previously conducted interviews with Neo-Pagan Practitioners. The trial utilises an interrupted time series design in which participants attend sessions at the University weekly for four weeks. Participants are randomly assigned to either group A or group B, with group A receiving healing in week one, after the initial session to capture baseline measures and group B receiving healing in week two after the second session.
The experimental design was informed by an earlier interview phase of the project in which practitioners were asked about their practice with particular focus on necessary or sufficient conditions, how effective spell work manifests and limits, etc. From these interviews it emerged that practitioners required some form of representation or symbol of the ‘castees’ as well as some indication of the issues they would like to see resolved. Thus participants were asked to provide a picture and a personal item that was passed to the practitioner along with a ‘spell request’ in which the participants indicated the changes they would benefit from. Practitioners indicated in the interviews that the belief of the castee can have a mediating effect on the efficacy of the spell and so in the first week participants were asked three questions to establish their level of belief.
Practitioners also explained that although spells have specific targets, holistic effects are often evident therefore the WHO Quality of Life Scale (WHOQOL) is being used as an outcome measure. The WHOQOL comprises 26 items, which measures quality of life across four broad domains: physical health, psychological health, social relationships, and environment and is thus able to capture any holistic effects.
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Sonnex, C.
Secondary author(s):
Roe, C. A., Roxburgh, E. C.
Document type:
Conference abstract
Reference:
Sonnex, C., Roe, C. A., & Roxburgh, E. C. (2015). Testing the pagan prescription: using a randomised controlled trial to investigate pagan spell casting as a form of distant spiritual healing. Abstracts of Presented Papers 58th Annual Convention of the Parapsychological Association Joint with the 39th International Annual Convention of the Incorporated Society for Psychical Research Greenwich University (pp. 74-75), United Kingdom, July 16-19, 2015.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Distant healing / Experimental design / Neo-Paganism

Testing the pagan prescription: using a randomised controlled trial to investigate pagan spell casting as a form of distant spiritual healing

Testing the pagan prescription: using a randomised controlled trial to investigate pagan spell casting as a form of distant spiritual healing

DocumentInvestigating pagan healing spells2015

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a 23
Title:
2010 Grants
Start date: 2011-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010-128
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 24/2010
Title:
128 - Extending the spiritual healing paradigm to explore distant mental interaction effects with Wiccan healers
Duration: 2014-10 - 2019-05
Researcher(s):
Chris Roe, Charmaine Marie Sonnex
Institution(s): Centre for the Study of Anomalous Psychological Processes (CSAPP), University of Northampton, Psychology Division, Northampton (UK)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Progress report
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Roe, C. A.
Secondary author(s):
Sonnex, C.
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Healing / Distant healing / Spiritualism / Spiritual traditions/experiences

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010-128.03
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 24/2010
Title:
Investigating pagan healing spells
Publication year: 2015
URL:
http://www.google.pt/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=4&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0ahUKEwj79Zaor8XKAhXCiRoKHZRAA1wQFggzMAM&url=http%3A%2F%2Fpsypag.psy.gla.ac.uk%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2014%2F11%2FFINAL-Abstracts.pdf&usg=AFQjCNHGY4y56H65O1dCkN9doGyD9q0oZQ&sig2=4h-CUmKVgF_KlGhFore91A&bvm=bv.112454388,d.ZWU
Accessibility: Document exists in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Sonnex, C.
Secondary author(s):
Roe, C. A., Roxburgh, E. C.
Document type:
Conference abstract
Reference:
Sonnex, C., Roe, C. A., & Roxburgh, E. C. (2015). Investigating pagan healing spells, In Abstract book of 30th Annual PsyPAG Postgraduate Student Conference (p. 24). Glasgow, UK.
Indexed document: No
Keywords: Neo-Paganism / Distant healing / Meta-analysis / Semi-structured in-depth interviews / Experimental design

Investigating pagan healing spells

Investigating pagan healing spells

DocumentFinal report - Extending the spiritual healing paradigm to explore distant mental interaction effects with Wiccan healers2017

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a 23
Title:
2010 Grants
Start date: 2011-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010-128
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 24/2010
Title:
128 - Extending the spiritual healing paradigm to explore distant mental interaction effects with Wiccan healers
Duration: 2014-10 - 2019-05
Researcher(s):
Chris Roe, Charmaine Marie Sonnex
Institution(s): Centre for the Study of Anomalous Psychological Processes (CSAPP), University of Northampton, Psychology Division, Northampton (UK)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Progress report
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Roe, C. A.
Secondary author(s):
Sonnex, C.
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Healing / Distant healing / Spiritualism / Spiritual traditions/experiences

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010-128.01
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 24/2010
Title:
Final report - Extending the spiritual healing paradigm to explore distant mental interaction effects with Wiccan healers
Publication year: 2017
Accessibility:
Document exists in file
Copyright/Reproduction:
By permission
Language:
eng
Author:
Roe, C. A.
Secondary author(s):
Sonnex, C.
Document type:
Final report
Indexed document:
No

DocumentTesting the pagan prescription: Using a randomized controlled trial to investigate pagan spell-casting as a form of noncontact healing2020

Reference code: PT/FB
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Location: S. Mamede do Coronado
Title:
BIAL Foundation Archive
Start date: 1994
History:
The BIAL Foundation was created in 1994 by Laboratórios BIAL in conjunction with the Council of Rectors of Portuguese Universities. BIAL’s Foundation mission is to foster the scientific study of Man from both the physical and spiritual perspectives.
Along the years the BIAL Foundation has developed an important relationship with the scientific community, first in Portugal and after worldwide. Today it is an institution of reference which aims to stimulate new researches that may help people, promote more health and contribute to new milestones to gain access to knowledge.
Among its activities the BIAL Foundation manages the BIAL Award, created in 1984, one of the most important awards in the Health field in Europe. The BIAL Award rewards both the basic and the clinical research distinguishing works of major impact in medical research.
The BIAL Foundation also assigns Scientific Research Scholarships for the study of neurophysiological and mental health in people, arousing the interest of researchers in the areas of Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
To date the BIAL Foundation has supported 461 projects, more than 1000 researchers, with research groups in twenty-seven countries, resulting, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, out of which 172 published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Since 1996 the BIAL Foundation organizes the Symposia entitled "Behind and Beyond the Brain", a Forum that gathers well renowned neurosciences speakers and the BIAL Foundation Fellows which are spread around the world.
Classified as an institution of public utility, the BIAL Foundation includes among its patrons the Portuguese President, the Portuguese Universities Rectors' Council and the Portuguese Medical Association.
URL: http://www.bial.com/pt/
Accessibility: By permission

Reference code: PT/FB/BL
Entity holding: BIAL Foundation
Title: BIAL Grants
Start date: 1994
History:
In 1994 the BIAL Foundation launched a programme of science research grants with the aim of encouraging the research into Man’s physical and mental processes, namely in fields still largely unexplored but which warrant further scientific analysis, as Psychophysiology and Parapsychology.
Since its launch, applications to the BIAL grants have been increasing. Up to now 461 projects have been supported, involving more than 1000 researchers from 27 countries.
The approved applications have benefited from grants in amounts comprised between €5,000 and €50, 000. The amount to be granted is fixed by the Scientific board according to the needs of each project.
The supported projects have originated, until April 2013, in about 600 full papers, 172 out of which were published in indexed international journals with an average impact factor of 3.6 and a substantial number of citations (1665).
Among the BIAL Foundation fellows is worth highlighting the presence of scientists from prestigious universities from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Germany, Japan, France, Canada, and many others.
The BIAL grants are promoted biannually.

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pastas 1 a 23
Title:
2010 Grants
Start date: 2011-01

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010-128
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 24/2010
Title:
128 - Extending the spiritual healing paradigm to explore distant mental interaction effects with Wiccan healers
Duration: 2014-10 - 2019-05
Researcher(s):
Chris Roe, Charmaine Marie Sonnex
Institution(s): Centre for the Study of Anomalous Psychological Processes (CSAPP), University of Northampton, Psychology Division, Northampton (UK)
Contents: Contents:
Application form
Progress report
Final report
Language: eng
Author:
Roe, C. A.
Secondary author(s):
Sonnex, C.
Keywords:
Parapsychology / Healing / Distant healing / Spiritualism / Spiritual traditions/experiences

Reference code: PT/FB/BL-2010-128.02
Location: Arquivo PCA - Pasta 24/2010
Title:
Testing the pagan prescription: Using a randomized controlled trial to investigate pagan spell-casting as a form of noncontact healing
Publication year: 2020
URL:
https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/acm.2019.0279
Abstract/Results: ABSTRACT:
Objectives: This research investigates the healing practices of modern Paganism using a randomized controlled trial. Paganism is a burgeoning belief system in the United Kingdom, within which healing is a key aspect. However, Pagan spell-casting practices have received little attention from distance healing researchers. This study aims to address this gap in the literature. Design: This study utilized a randomized, double-blind, delayed intervention design. Settings/Location: Research took place at the University of Northampton. Subjects: Forty-four participants (30 females, 14 males) were recruited using snowball sampling (mean age?=?24.30; range?=?18-55). Procedure: Participants were randomly allocated to either Group A or B. Participants made written requests to the practitioner about changes they would like to see in their lives and provided a photograph and personal item to be used during the intervention. Participants attended meetings once a week during which they would take part in a guided body scan meditation before completing a quality-of-life measure. Healing practices were conducted for Group A between weeks 1 and 2 and for Group B between weeks 2 and 3. Outcome Measure: Well-being was measured using the 26-item WHOQOL-BREF. Results: Multivariate analysis of variance (MANOVA) showed a significant, positive change in general health from weeks 1 to 4 (F?=?4.02, p?=?0.025, ?2?=?0.149). Separate analysis of variances of the four WHOQOL domains showed significant improvements across the study in the physical and psychologic domains only; there was no significant group difference on any of the outcomes. Conclusion: All participants showed an increase in health and well-being domains directly related to their spell requests. However, there are no group differences to suggest that the spell-casting intervention was responsible.
Accessibility: Document does not exist in file
Language:
eng
Author:
Sonnex, C.
Secondary author(s):
Roe, C. A., Roxburgh, E. C.
Document type:
Article
Reference:
Sonnex, C., Roe, C. A., & Roxburgh, E. C. (2020). Testing the pagan prescription: Using a randomized controlled trial to investigate pagan spell-casting as a form of noncontact healing. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. doi: 10.1089/acm.2019.0279
2-year Impact Factor: 2.109|2019
Impact factor notes: Impact factor not available yet for 2020
Times cited: 0|2020-08-18
Indexed document: Yes
Quartile: Q2
Keywords: Randomized controlled trial / Neopaganism / Distance healing / Noncontact healing / Spells / WHOQOL-BREF