Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 22, Issue 5, pp 559–568

Church attendance, meaningfulness of religion, and depressive symptomatology among adolescents

  • Loyd S. Wright
  • Christopher J. Frost
  • Stephen J. Wisecarver
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01537716

Cite this article as:
Wright, L.S., Frost, C.J. & Wisecarver, S.J. J Youth Adolescence (1993) 22: 559. doi:10.1007/BF01537716

Abstract

Self-administered questionnaires were completed by 451 adolescents at a public high school in Texas during the spring semester 1989. The instrument used contained the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) and items to determine participants' gender, frequency of church attendance, and meaningfulness of one's religion. Based on social support research and the writings of Carl Jung and Viktor Frankl, it was predicted that those who attended church frequently and those who viewed their religions as providing meaning for their lives would have lower BDI scores than their classmates. The findings supported these predictions. Implications and a discussion of the results are included.

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Loyd S. Wright
    • 1
  • Christopher J. Frost
    • 1
  • Stephen J. Wisecarver
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PsychologySouthwest Texas State UniversitySan Marcos
  2. 2.Department of EducationSouthwest Texas State UniversitySan Marcos