Spirituality and Gender

Spirituality and gender play an important role in understanding the developmental trajectory of youth and adults in cognitive, physical, and psychosocial areas. Religion and spirituality add to this milieu to contribute positive coping mechanisms that can lead to greater life satisfaction and overall well-being. This entry examines gender differences in spirituality and religiosity in adults and adolescents of diverse racial/ethnic groups via a discussion of developmental and cultural influences.

Spirituality and Religiosity

Religion is defined as a commitment to a greater power, often expressed through rituals and celebration either individually or within faith communities. Religiosity involves a commitment to a system of beliefs and worship, engagement in religious activities, and endorsement of principles associated with conservative religious doctrine. Some examples of this include frequency of prayer, church ...

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