ERIC Number: EJ956703
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Mar
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The Protective Role of Religious Coping in Adolescents' Responses to Poverty and Sexual Decision-Making in Rural Kenya
Puffer, Eve S.; Watt, Melissa H.; Sikkema, Kathleen J.; Ogwang-Odhiambo, Rose A.; Broverman, Sherryl A.
Journal of Research on Adolescence, v22 n1 p1-7 Mar 2012
In this study, we explored how adolescents in rural Kenya apply religious coping in sexual decision-making in the context of high rates of poverty and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 34 adolescents. One-third (13) reported religious coping related to economic stress, HIV, or sexual decision-making; the majority (29) reported religious coping with these or other stressors. Adolescents reported praying to God to partner with them to engage in positive behaviors, praying for strength to resist unwanted behaviors, and passive strategies characterized by waiting for God to provide resources or protection from HIV. Adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa may benefit from HIV prevention interventions that integrate and build upon their use of religious coping.
Descriptors: Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Poverty, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Adolescents, Coping, Foreign Countries, Religion, Role, Sexuality, Decision Making, Semi Structured Interviews, Stress Variables, Religious Factors
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Identifiers - Location: Kenya