Religion Associated with Strong Positive Youth Development In North Carolina County


  • Ma. Christina De Guzman Terry Sanford High School
  • Deborah Vajner



highschool, religion, positive youth development, bible belt, five C's


Studies like “Religious involvement and adolescent psychosocial development” by Carol Markstrom have researched the relation of religion to human development. Previous studies like hers were able to employ methodologies that provided for a unique perspective. The study undertaken for this paper researched the association of religion with strong positive youth development (PYD) using the five C’s of PYD in psychology: connection, character, compassion, competence, and confidence. This study used a quantitative methodology through surveys that were analyzed to help reach the conclusion of the research. The pattern that emerged through analysis of the survey results indicated that approximately 39% of the participants were religious, which is influenced by the location of this study, a region of the United States commonly known referred to as the Bible Belt. Based on their answers, religion is associated with strong positive youth development. However, it can also be concluded that even those who are neither religious nor spiritual also have a strong positive youth development, just not as strong.


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Author Biography

Ma. Christina De Guzman, Terry Sanford High School

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How to Cite

De Guzman, M. C., & Vajner, D. (2021). Religion Associated with Strong Positive Youth Development In North Carolina County. Journal of Student Research, 10(2).



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