Assistant Professor Dr. Theda Rose and colleagues (Dr. Meredith Hope, University of Michigan; Dr. Dawn Thurman, Morgan State University) presented on private religiosity and psychosocial wellbeing among Black youth at the 2019 SRCD biennial meeting.
Often cited as a developmental and cultural resource, religion offers Black youth cognitive and behavioral tools (e.g., attitudes, beliefs, rituals, and practices) that support youth’s navigation of adverse events and positive youth development. Using the National Survey of American Life-Adolescent (NSAL-A), a national probability sample of Black youth, the study examined the association between private religiosity and psychosocial wellbeing among African American and Caribbean Black youth, as well as if linkages between private religiosity and psychosocial wellbeing vary by ethnicity. Results illuminate a promotive effect of private religiosity on life satisfaction, self-esteem, and coping. Though no significant ethnicity and religiosity interaction effects were observed, findings suggest the importance of private religiosity as a key intervention target to support better psychosocial wellbeing among Black youth, in an effort to promote overall youth development.