Title

The Relationship between Ethnicity, Christian Orthodoxy, and Mental Health

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2008

Publication Title

Mental Health, Religion & Culture

DOI

10.1080/13674670802084788

Abstract

Although researchers have noted differences in the role of religiosity in the lives of people from different ethnic backgrounds, the components of religion’s influence (i.e., membership and orthodoxy) on mental health have not been previously examined. In the current study, Christian participants’ Christian Orthodox Scale (COS) scores were used to predict scores on mental health. As hypothesized, African Americans with higher COS scores exhibited fewer mental-health problems than did all ethnicities studied with lower COS scores. Implications and future directions for understanding the cultural influence of religion on African Americans are discussed.