Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

Journal of Religion and Health

Academic journal article Journal of Psychology and Theology

Journal of Religion and Health

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Barton, A.L., Snider, J.B., Vazsonyi, AT., and Cox, J.L.

Adolescent Religiosity as a Mediator of the Relationship Between Parental Religiosity and Adolescent Health Outcomes

Published online: 20 April 2012

doi: 10.1007/s10943-012-9596-7

Adolescents who are more religious participate in less risk taking behaviors, such as drug and alcohol use, when compared with adolescents who are less religious. While parental religiosity also plays a role in adolescent risk behavior, little is known about the relationship between all three variables. Barton et al. (2012) hypothesized that adolescent religiosity is a mediator between parent religiosity and health outcomes (i.e., risk behaviors and emotional health).

Participants (N = 491) were recruited from colleges in the Southeast U.S., and they filled out questionnaires measuring demographic information, parent religiosity, adolescent religiosity, risk behaviors, and emotional health. Religiosity was based primarily on religious behaviors, such as church attendance and prayer. Emotional health was assessed using the Weinberger Adjustment Inventory (WAI), which measures anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and well-being. They were asked to recall their experience of their parents and themselves when they were seniors in high school. …

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