Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/130336
Authors: 
Cooley Fruehwirth, Jane
Iyer, Sriya
Zhang, Anwen
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 9652
Abstract: 
The probability of being depressed increases dramatically during adolescence and is linked to a range of adverse outcomes. Many studies show a correlation between religiosity and mental health, yet the question remains whether the link is causal. The key issue is selection into religiosity. We exploit plausibly random variation in adolescents' peers to shift religiosity independently of other individual-level unobservables that might affect depression. Using a nationally representative sample of adolescents in the US, we find robust effects of religiosity on depression, that are particularly strong for the most depressed. These effects are not a result of social context. Instead, we find that religiosity buffers against stressors, possibly through improved social and psychological resources. This has implications especially for effective mental health policy.
Subjects: 
mental health
religiosity
depression
Ad Health
JEL: 
I10
Z12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

Files in This Item:
File
Size
584.65 kB





Items in EconStor are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.