The Relationship between Ethnicity, Christian Orthodoxy, and Mental Health
Mental Health, Religion & Culture
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.
Randolph-Seng, Brandon, Michael Nielsen, Bette L. Bottoms, Henrietta Filipas.
"The Relationship between Ethnicity, Christian Orthodoxy, and Mental Health."
Mental Health, Religion & Culture, 11 (8): 795-805.