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Depression, Religiosity, and Parenting Styles among Young Latter-Day Saint Adolescents

Department of Church History and Doctrine, Brigham Young University, 270F Joseph Smith Building, Provo, UT 84602, USA
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Religions 2019, 10(3), 227; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel10030227
Received: 30 January 2019 / Revised: 7 March 2019 / Accepted: 8 March 2019 / Published: 26 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religion and Family Life)
This study examines depression among Latter-day Saint teens, particularly how religiosity and the parent–child relationship are associated with depressive symptomology. Although there is an abundance of research on adolescent depression and on adolescent religiosity, there is less research addressing the connection between the two. The research questions include: Does religiosity among Latter-day Saint teens reduce their rates of depression? What aspects of religiosity affect depression most significantly? How does religious coping influence depression? How does the parent–child relationship affect depression rates among Latter-day Saint teens? Being a sexual minority and living in Utah were related to higher levels of depression. Greater depression was also associated with more anxiety and poorer physical health. Authoritative parenting by fathers was associated with lower depression for daughters but not sons. Finally, feeling abandoned by God was related to higher depression, while peer support at church was associated with lower depression. View Full-Text
Keywords: depression; religiosity; parenting styles; religious coping; Latter-day Saint adolescents depression; religiosity; parenting styles; religious coping; Latter-day Saint adolescents
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Ogletree, M.D.; Dyer, W.J.; Goodman, M.A.; Kinneard, C.; McCormick, B.W. Depression, Religiosity, and Parenting Styles among Young Latter-Day Saint Adolescents. Religions 2019, 10, 227.

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