Adolescent Risky Behavior, Spirituality, and Coping
An ecological model of health identifies personality, developmental, and cultural factors as contributing to adolescent risk-taking behaviors. One hundred fifteen adolescents from youth groups and a private school participated in this study, completing self-report packets that examined the association between religiosity and adolescent health through this lens. Specifically, it was predicted that sensation-seeking personality type, religious coping, and faith maturity would account for a significant portion of the variance in adolescent risky behavior. Results produced a regression model that accounted for 19% of the variance. Benevolent religious reappraisal, seeking support, and religious focus accounted for 95% of this variance, suggesting that adolescents who employ these coping skills are less likely to engage in risk behaviors than their peers.
0622: Clinical psychology