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J Pers. 2011 Aug;79(4):841-73. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.2011.00703.x. Epub 2011 Jun 20.

Trajectories of religious coping from adolescence into early adulthood: their form and relations to externalizing problems and prosocial behavior.

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  • 1Arizona State University, Department of Psychology, Tempe, AZ 85287-1104, USA.


Little is known about changes in religious coping and their relations to adolescents' and young adults' functioning. In 686 Italian youths, trajectories of religious coping were identified from age 16-17 years to age 22-23 years; cohorts of youths reported at 3 of the 4 assessments. Four trajectories of religious coping were identified: decreasing, low stable, high stable, and increasing. A decline in religious coping was associated with high levels of externalizing problems at age 16-17, whereas an increase in religious coping was associated with higher externalizing problems at ages 18-19 and 20-21 years and with relatively high involvement with deviant peers. High stable religious copers were high in prosocial behavior at three ages; low stable religious copers were higher than people undergoing change in their religious coping from mid-adolescence into early adulthood. These results can expand our current thinking about religious coping and adolescent adjustment.

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