Role of Religiosity in the Lives of the Low-Income Population: A Comprehensive Review of the Evidence. Data, Methods, and Measures


While associations between greater religiosity and positive youth outcomes are well documented, less is understood about how a combination of complex individual and social processes interact to produce these associations. Limited quantitative work, particularly using large national data sets, has been done to establish the mediating pathways between religiosity and youth outcomes. The field is moving in this direction, but most studies acknowledge the difficulty of establishing the direction of causality and the lack of contextual controls, such as youths level of social support or participation in secular activities, that can limit the identification of unique religious effects on youth outcomes.

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