ERIC Number: EJ855222
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
Do Private Religious Practices Moderate the Relation between Family Conflict and Preadolescents' Depression and Anxiety Symptoms?
Davis, Kelly A.; Epkins, Catherine C.
Journal of Early Adolescence, v29 n5 p693-717 2009
We extended past research that focused on the relation between family conflict and preadolescents' depressive and anxiety symptoms. In a sample of 160 11- to 12-year-olds, we examined whether private religious practices moderated the relations between family conflict and preadolescents' depressive and anxiety symptoms. Although preadolescents' depressive and anxiety symptoms were not significantly associated with their private religious practices, preadolescents' private religious practices moderated the relations between: (a) both mother- and preadolescent-reported family conflict and preadolescents' anxiety symptoms; and (b) both mother- and preadolescent-reported family conflict and preadolescents' depression symptoms. The relation between family conflict and depression and anxiety symptoms was significantly stronger for preadolescents low, versus high, in their private religious practices. Preadolescents' sex was not differentially related to these findings. Results highlight the role that private religious practices may play in moderating the relation between family conflict and preadolescents' internalizing symptoms. Implications of these findings and directions for future research are discussed. (Contains 4 tables and 4 figures.)
Descriptors: Mothers, Conflict, Religion, Preadolescents, Depression (Psychology), Anxiety, Religious Factors, Correlation, Family Relationship, Family Environment, Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Gender Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Family Environment Scale; Childrens Depression Inventory; Childrens Manifest Anxiety Scale