Title

Adolescents' Perceptions of Family Connectedness, Intrinsic Religiosity, and Depressed Mood

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2011

Publication Source

Journal of Child and Family Studies

Volume

20

Issue

1

Inclusive pages

111-119

ISBN/ISSN

10621024

Peer Reviewed

yes

Abstract

This study examined the extent to which (a) each of three forms of adolescents’ perceptions of family connectedness (overall family cohesion, mothers’ support, and fathers’ support) connectedness to God (intrinsic religiosity), and gender of the adolescent explained adolescent depressed mood; and (b) whether intrinsic religiosity and gender moderated the relationship of each form of family connectedness to adolescent depressed mood. Data were collected from 248 (105 boys and 143 girls) ninth and tenth grade students at three public high schools in three communities. In the overall family cohesion model, the fathers’ support model, and the mothers’ support model, family connectedness showed a significant negative relationship with depressed mood. A significant two-way interaction was found in the mothers’ support model showing adolescents’ reports of intrinsic religiosity moderated the relationship of mothers' support and depressed mood. High levels of intrinsic religiosity strengthened the relationship of mothers’ support to depressed mood. Additionally, the three-way interaction of mothers’ support x intrinsic religiosity x gender was significant. Examination of the slopes showed that intrinsic religiosity strengthened the relationship between mothers’ support and boys’ depressed mood whereas when mothers’ support was low, intrinsic religiosity attenuated the relationship between mothers’ support and girls’ depressed mood.

Keywords

family cohesion, parent support, intrinsic religiosity, depressed mood, adolescent, connectedness

Disciplines

Family, Life Course, and Society | Other Social and Behavioral Sciences | Quantitative, Qualitative, Comparative, and Historical Methodologies

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