level of religiosity among adolescents: a study on gujjars of jammu district

Research Article
Samridhi Arora*and Preeti Gupta**
Religiosity, Gujjar, Adolescents

Adolescence is a very important phase in the development process as it is during this phase that the adolescent is virtually launched into the outside world. Adolescents have to manage biological, psychological and social role changes all at the same time. In late adolescence the roles of adulthood must be addressed every area of life. Adolescence is often seen as the physical transition from child to adult. The influence of the physical development and especially hormonal changes can lead to moodiness, bouts of depression and lower or more uneven energy levels. Adolescents also begin to experience strong emotions and rapid mood swings. It is a period in which immense development occurs and many developmental tasks have to be completed to ensure a positive sense of general well being. Religiosity plays a very important role in the lives of adolescents. The present study was conducted with an aim to study the level of religiosity among Gujjar adolescents. The sample comprised of 600 Gujjar adolescent girls of Jammu district. Multistage sampling technique was used for data collection. The tools used for the present study were Religiosity scale and self devised interview schedule. Data was analysed both qualitatively and quantitatively. The results of the present study revealed that majority of the sample had higher scores on the religiosity.. Results revealed that males have higher scores on religiosity than female adolescents and their exist a highly significant difference between male and female adolescents. There was no association between religiosity levels of adolescents with regard to their age. Negative but highly significant differences were found between education and religiosity and thus indicated that high religiosity is associated with low education attainment.