Religion, spirituality, and depression in adolescent psychiatric outpatients.

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Journal Article

This study examines in a preliminary manner the relationship between multiple facets of religion/spirituality and depression in treatment-seeking adolescents. One hundred seventeen psychiatric outpatients aged 12 to 18 completed the brief multidimensional measure of religiousness/spirituality, the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI), a substance abuse inventory. Controlling for substance abuse and demographic variables, depression was related to feeling abandoned or punished by God (p < 0.0001), feeling unsupported by one's religious community (p = 0.0158), and lack of forgiveness (p < 0.001). These preliminary results suggest that clinicians should assess religious beliefs and perceptions of support from the religious community as factors intertwined with the experience of depression, and consider the most appropriate ways of addressing these factors that are sensitive to adolescents' and families' religious values and beliefs.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Dew, RE; Daniel, SS; Goldston, DB; Koenig, HG

Published Date

  • March 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 196 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 247 - 251

PubMed ID

  • 18340262

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18340262

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1539-736X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-3018

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/nmd.0b013e3181663002

Language

  • eng