Vol. 2, Issue 2 (2017)
Religiosity and mental health: A study of Kashmiri and non-Kashmiri adolescents
Author(s): Mohd Amin Wani
Abstract: Sound mind needs a sound body likewise a sound society needs sound individuals. An attempt has been made to conduct a study on adolescents from the point view of how much religious they are and to what extent religiosity influences their mental health. This study was framed to conduct on the samples of Kashmiri and Non-Kashmiri adolescents to examine the influence of Religiosity on Mental health. The study was conducted on the adolescents of senior secondary schools of Kashmir valley and Uttar Pardesh. Using Purposive sampling technique, 60 Kashmiri adolescents and 60 Non-Kashmiri adolescents participated in the present study. Both the groups of adolescents were examined by administering Religiosity scale developed by Deka and Broota, (1985) and mental health inventory developed by Jagdish and Srivastava (1995). The collected data was analyzed with the help of Simple Linear Regression. The first finding clearly showed the significant contribution of Religiosity towards mental health among Kashmiri adolescents. The value of ‘R’ was found to be .931, which indicates a significant positive correlation between Religiosity and Mental health among Kashmiri adolescents. Whereas, the second finding also revealed that Religiosity appeared as a significant predictor of Mental health among Non-Kashmiri adolescents. This indicates that there is also a significant positive correlation ‘R’= .838 between Religiosity and Mental health among Non-Kashmiri adolescents. Since, both the groups of adolescents were found in maintaining good Mental health but the value of ‘R’ in case of Kashmiri adolescents was found slightly higher. it is discussed that the Kashmiri adolescents are living in a disturbed and suffocating environment as compared to Non-Kashmiri adolescents, where they are exposed to anxiety producing and stressful situations. They may be looking to be more religious in order to cope with the prevailing situations and to heal their pains.