Role of Religiosity in the Lives of the Low-Income Population: A Comprehensive Review of the Evidence. Methodological and Measurement Innovations


The quantitative studies in this domain use a mix of cross-sectional and longitudinal data sets and most use multivariate regression techniques to control for personal and family background factors. Some promising recent research (discussed later in this section) has begun to identify methods and data sources that help establish causality and advance our understanding of how social context influences relationships between religiosity and youth outcomes. A new set of innovative research studies examines measures of community religiosity, and gene-environment interactions between individual religious participation and the effects of specific genes found to be associated with youth behavior (Guo, Tong, & Cai, 2008). Also, while most research in this area has examined the general population, more recent work has started to explore religiosity-life outcome relationships for different gender, racial, and income groups.

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