Religiosity as a moderator in the relationship between prosocial behaviour and depression in children

Kalunga Cindy NAKAZWE, Chuen Yee LO, Haobi WANG, Ting Kin NG

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Abstract

Objectives: Past research has predominantly focused on the positive effect of prosocial behavior in reducing depressive symptoms and overlooked possible moderating processes. The main aim of the present longitudinal study was to examine the moderating effect of religiosity on the relationship between prosocial behavior and depression among children.
Methods: The study recruited 115 children (69 males and 46 females, aged 9-14years, Mean age = 12.165, SD = 1.395) to participate in an observational parent-child interaction task assessing child prosocial talk, and to complete measures of depression and religiosity. Depression was rated again at 1-year follow-up.
Results: The results from the moderation regression analysis indicated that the effect of T1 child prosocial talk on T2 depression was significantly moderated by T1 religiosity after controlling for age, gender and T1 depression. The findings of the simple slope analysis indicated that high child prosocial talk was related to decreased depression only at high religiosity.
Conclusion: The findings indicate that high religiosity may enhance the effect of high child prosocial behavior in lowering depression.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2020
Event24th World Congress of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions - Virtual, Singapore
Duration: 2 Dec 20204 Dec 2020
https://www.iacapap2020.org/

Conference

Conference24th World Congress of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions
Abbreviated titleIACAPAP 2020
CountrySingapore
Period2/12/204/12/20
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