Family Communications, Religiosity, and Depression: A Path Analysis

Cliff McKinney and Ericka Szkody, Department of Psychology, Mississippi State, 255 Lee Blvd, Mississippi State, MS 39762

Research has shown that religiosity has a positive impact on depressive symptoms.  Research indicates that the way a family communicates may explain how religiosity impacts mental health outcomes.  Specifically, family communication may facilitate some of the positive qualities associated with religiosity such as social support, shared values, and structure that may be beneficial to emerging adults. To further understand this connection, the current study conducted a path analysis between religiosity and depression through family communication patterns.  Emerging adult college students (N = 1.085; M = 18.89 years old, SD= 1.42 years; 54.3% male) were recruited at a large Southern university. Results show that religiosity was indirectly associated with depression through conversation and conformity communication orientations for males, (b = -.044, p < .05) and females, (b = -.040, p < .05).  This potentially points to the idea that religion can be a positive influence on depressive symptoms if healthy family dynamics/relations accompany it. Direct effects and implications will be discussed. 

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Melvin Ellis

Institution: Mississippi State University

Type: Poster

Subject: Psychology

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 10
Date/Time: Wed 1:30pm-2:30pm
Session Number: 6547