The protective role of religious coping in adolescents' responses to poverty and sexual decision-making in rural Kenya.
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In this study, we explored how adolescents in rural Kenya apply religious coping in sexual decision-making in the context of high rates of poverty and Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 34 adolescents. One-third (13) reported religious coping related to economic stress, HIV, or sexual decision-making; the majority (29) reported religious coping with these or other stressors. Adolescents reported praying for God to partner with them to engage in positive behaviors, praying for strength to resist unwanted behaviors, and passive strategies characterized by waiting for God to provide resources or protection from HIV. Adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa may benefit from HIV prevention interventions that integrate and build upon their use of religious coping.
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1111/j.1532-7795.2011.00760.x
Publication InfoBroverman, SA; Ogwang-Odhiambo, RA; Puffer, Eve S; Sikkema, KJ; & Watt, MH (2012). The protective role of religious coping in adolescents' responses to poverty and sexual decision-making in rural Kenya. J Res Adolesc, 22(1). pp. 1-7. 10.1111/j.1532-7795.2011.00760.x. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/10161/6069.
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Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience
Dr. Puffer is a global mental health researcher and a licensed clinical psychologist. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating integrated community-based interventions to promote child mental health, improve family functioning, and prevent HIV risk behavior. Her work includes studies with families with young children through those with adolescents, as well as with couples. She has conducted much of this work in rural Kenya and is an investigator on multiple studies of child mental hea