These findings show that grace is inversely related to distress as reported on measures of anxiety, depression, and somatic symptoms.
About 1/3 to ½ of the variance on anxiety, depression, and somatic symptoms related to adverse childhood experiences is ameliorated by grace from others, and for anxiety, grace to self.
Although anxiety and depression are strongly related, grace to self seems to selectively benefit anxiety, possibly by reducing self-critical thoughts.
Bufford, Rodger K. and Pace, Albert, "Adversity, Grace, and Distress Among College Students" (2018). Faculty Publications - Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) Program. 348.
Presented at Christian Association for Psychological Studies April 2018