The effects of religious socialization and religious identity on psychosocial functioning in Korean American adolescents from immigrant families

Kyoung Ok Seol, Richard M. Lee

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Abstract

This study examined religious identity as a mediator and moderator between religious socialization by parents, peers, and religious mentors and psychosocial functioning (i.e., social competence, internalizing and externalizing behavior problems) among 155 Korean American adolescents. Religious socialization by parents and peers were positively associated with adolescents' religious identity and social competence. Religious identity fully mediated the relationship between religious socialization by parents and social competence, and partially mediated the relationship between religious socialization by peers and social competence. A competing model with religious identity as a moderator found adolescents with low religious identity showed significantly more externalizing behavior problems when they received more religious socialization from parents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-380
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Family Psychology
Volume26
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2012

Keywords

  • Korean American adolescents
  • Problem behaviors
  • Religious identity
  • Religious socialization
  • Social competence

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