Resilience in adolescent refugees living in Malaysia: The association with religiosity and religious coping

Chow, Mervyn Ian Sim Peng and Hashim, Aili Hanim and Guan, Ng Chong (2021) Resilience in adolescent refugees living in Malaysia: The association with religiosity and religious coping. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 67 (4). pp. 376-385. ISSN 0020-7640, DOI

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Background: Until now, there is scarcity of information regarding resilience, religiosity and religious coping among adolescent refugees. Currently, most researches emphasize on the physical, psychological and social distresses experienced by refugees while overlooking these crucial aspects, that is, resilience and coping. Aim: The study aimed to examine resilience and its association with religiosity and religious coping among adolescent refugees living in Malaysia. Methods: This is a cross-sectional study conducted in five community-based learning centres in Malaysia from July 2019 till December 2019. A total of 152 refugees, aged 13 to 19-years-old, were recruited. The study gauged resilience using the 14-Item Resilience Scale (RS-14), the Duke University Religion Index (DUREL) for religiosity and the Brief Religious Coping Scale (Brief RCOPE) for religious coping. Results: The majority of adolescent refugees portrayed moderate levels of resilience (43.5%). The study highlighted the interconnectedness between resilience and intrinsic religiosity (IR) (p < .001), as well as, positive (p < .001) and negative (p = .010) religious coping. Additionally, the results demonstrated that certain sociodemographic factors could potentially confound resilience, namely, countries of origin (p < .001), religion (p < .001), education centre (p < .001) and refugee status (p = .018). Conclusion: With knowledge from this study, mental health professionals can initiate or improve liaison with religious-based services in working together to provide resources for adolescent refugees. Incorporating information regarding mental health with religious teachings may help increase resilience in young refugees and, in turn, alleviate their psychological distress.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adolescent refugees; Resilience; Religiosity; Religious coping
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine > Psychological Medicine Department
Depositing User: Ms Zaharah Ramly
Date Deposited: 11 May 2022 08:05
Last Modified: 11 May 2022 08:05

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