Title

Religiousness and Depressive Symptoms in Five Ethnic Adolescent Groups

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

12-2007

Abstract

This study examined the relation between religiousness and depressive symptoms in African American, Asian American, European American, Hispanic American, and Native American adolescents (N = 13,317) in the United States with self-esteem and school attachment as potential mediators in this link. The data were taken from a nationally represented sample of adolescents in Grades 7 through 12, from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health). Structural equation analyses with measurement and structural invariance across the five ethnic groups and gender supported the model that religiousness, as a composite of internal and external religiousness items, negatively predicted depressive symptoms 1 year later controlling for baseline depressive symptoms. Self-esteem and school attachment partially mediated this link but only for European American and African American adolescents.

Keywords

Religiousness, depression, African American, Asian American, European American, Hispanic Amercian, Native American

Discipline

Multicultural Psychology | Race and Ethnicity

Research Areas

Psychology

Publication

International Journal for the Psychology of Religion

Volume

17

Issue

3

First Page

209

Last Page

232

ISSN

1050-8619

Identifier

10.1080/10508610701402259

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10508610701402259

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