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ERIC Number: EJ1007584
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 95
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Incorporating Religiosity into a Developmental Model of Positive Family Functioning across Generations
Spilman, Sarah K.; Neppl, Tricia K.; Donnellan, M. Brent; Schofield, Thomas J.; Conger, Rand D.
Developmental Psychology, v49 n4 p762-774 Apr 2013
This study evaluated a developmental model of intergenerational continuity in religiosity and its association with observed competency in romantic and parent-child relationships across 2 generations. Using multi-informant data from the Family Transitions Project, a 20-year longitudinal study of families that began during early adolescence (N = 451), we found that parental religiosity assessed during youths' adolescence was positively related to youths' own religiosity during adolescence, which, in turn, predicted their religiosity after the transition to adulthood. The findings also supported the theoretical model guiding the study, which proposes that religiosity acts as a personal resource that will be uniquely and positively associated with the quality of family relationships. Especially important, the findings demonstrate support for the role of religiosity in a developmental process that promotes positive family functioning after addressing earlier methodological limitations in this area of study, such as cross-sectional research designs, single informant measurement, retrospective reports, and the failure to control for other individual differences. (Contains 3 figures, 1 table and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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