Spirituality and religiosity in urban adolescents with Asthma

Sian Cotton, Jerren C. Weekes, Meghan E. McGrady, Susan L. Rosenthal, Michael S. Yi, Kenneth Pargament, Paul Succop, Yvonne Humenay Roberts, Joel Tsevat

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Predictors of multiple dimensions of spirituality/religiosity (S/R) and adolescents' preferences for having S/R (e. g., prayer) addressed in hypothetical medical settings were assessed in a sample of urban adolescents with asthma. Of the 151 adolescents (mean age = 15.8, 60% female, 85% African-American), 81% said that they were religious and spiritual, 58% attended religious services in the past month, and 49% prayed daily. In multivariable models, African-American race/ethnicity and having a religious preference were associated with higher levels of S/R (R 2 = 0.07-0.25, P<.05). Adolescents' preferences for including S/R in the medical setting increased with the severity of the clinical situation (P<.05).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)118-131
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescents
  • African-American
  • Asthma
  • Religion
  • Spirituality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • General Nursing


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