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ERIC Number: ED417001
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 9
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Spirituality & Religiosity as Factors in Adolescents' Risk for Anti-Social Behaviors and Use of Resilient Behaviors.
Langehough, Steven O.; Walters, Connor; Knox, David; Rowley, Michael
Current literature indicates the positive effect of a spiritual or religious orientation on recovery from alcohol abuse, drug addiction, codependency, and child sexual abuse, and as a personal control against deviant behavior in adolescents. Yet spiritual resources have been underutilized not only in prevention but in intervention programs. This study examined the potential relationship between reported spiritual outlook, religious practice, and an individual's resilience in relation to antisocial behavior in subjects who have reported experiencing physical or sexual abuse during childhood. Hypotheses were: (1) High spirituality scores will be correlated with low levels of antisocial behavior; (2) Higher scores of religiosity will be correlated with low levels of antisocial behavior; and (3) Low levels of antisocial behavior will be correlated with stronger resiliency behaviors and attitudes. Three groups of adolescents and adults completed a questionnaire. Results showed that individuals who were abused as children reported higher levels of intrinsic spirituality and religious orientation than those not abused. For abused and nonabused alike, higher intrinsic spirituality and religious orientation scores also matched lower antisocial behaviors and higher resiliency behavior scores. According to stepwise regression results, the presence of antisocial behaviors can be predicted based on religiosity, intrinsic spirituality, and gender. (Contains 36 references.) (EV)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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