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

Nancy Eisenberg, Valeria Castellani, Laura Panerai, Natalie Wilkens, Adam Cohen, Concetta Pastorelli, Gian Vittorio Caprara

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)841-873
Number of pages33
JournalJournal of personality
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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