Title

Dimensions of Religiosity as Mediators of the Relations between Parenting and Adolescent Deviant Behavior

Keywords

Dimensions of Religiosity, relationships, Adolescents deviant behavior

Abstract

Data from over 1,500 American adolescents -collected in two separate projects, both longitudinal- were used to examine the interrelations among three dimensions of adolescent religiosity and the degree to which those mediated the effects of parental behavior on adolescent deviant outcomes. The findings lend support to this special issue theme that various dimensions of parent/child interaction have independent effects on adolescent characteristics (religiosity and deviance). Generally the three religiosity dimensions function as intervening variables between parental behaviors and deviance, with adolescents' expectations of future religious activity reducing subsequent deviants more than either public or private adolescent religiosity. The patterns of findings imply that out of parent/child relationships and their public and private religious activity, adolescence constructive view of what will be their future patterns of religious activity. They then tend to participate or not in deviant behavior consonant with their future religious orientation.

Original Publication Citation

"Dimensions of Religiosity as Mediators of the Relations between Parenting and Adolescent Deviant Behavior." Journal of Adolescent Research 12 (2):199-226 (with Allen W. Litchfield and Bing Dao Li).

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

1997

Publisher

Journal of Adolescent Research

Language

English

College

Family, Home, and Social Sciences

Department

Sociology

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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