ERIC Number: EJ1019661
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
"You Must Know Where You Come From": South African Youths' Perceptions of Religion in Time of Social Change
Brittian, Aerika S.; Lewin, Nina; Norris, Shane A.
Journal of Adolescent Research, v28 n6 p642-663 Nov 2013
This study examined South African youths' perceptions of religion during a period of social and economic transition. In-depth interviews were conducted with 55 Black South African youth (age 18) living in the Johannesburg-Soweto metropolitan area. Data were analyzed in a manner consistent with grounded theory methodology and structural coding. Beliefs about the function of religion were captured by the following themes: provides support, connection to the past, moral compass, promotes healthy development, and intersections between African traditional practices and Christian beliefs. Themes are discussed and directions for future research are presented. In addition, applications of the current research and implications for promoting youths' resilience are offered.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Religion, Religious Factors, Self Concept, Christianity, Health Promotion, Moral Values, Beliefs, Resilience (Psychology), Youth, African Culture, Social Change, Interviews, Blacks, Grounded Theory, Metropolitan Areas, Phenomenology, Economic Climate
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa; South Africa (Johannesburg)