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Meta-analysis of relationships between religiosity and constructive and destructive behaviors among adolescents

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  • Cheung, Chau-kiu
  • Yeung, Jerf Wai-keung

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In view of the substantial number of recent studies on relationships between religious involvement and constructive or destructive behavior among adolescents, it is time to consolidate knowledge about these relationships through a meta-analysis. The meta-analysis conducted in this study involves 40 studies published from 1995 to 2009, covering adolescents with an average age of 16.45 years. Results show a weak overall effect (Zr = .19). Moreover, religious involvement exhibits a stronger relationship with constructive behavior than with destructive behavior. Compared with private religious involvement, public religious involvement shows a weaker relationship with constructive or destructive behaviors. Furthermore, non-representative sampling generates a stronger relationship than does representative sampling.

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  • Cheung, Chau-kiu & Yeung, Jerf Wai-keung, 2011. "Meta-analysis of relationships between religiosity and constructive and destructive behaviors among adolescents," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 33(2), pages 376-385, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:33:y:2011:i:2:p:376-385
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