Religiosity and Internal Developmental Assets amongst Malay Adolescents in Malaysia

  •  Siti Nor Yaacob    
  •  Tan Soon Aun    
  •  Siti Marnizah Binti Abdul Rahim    
  •  Muslihah Hasbullah    
  •  Rumaya Juhari    
  •  Rozumah Baharudin    


This study aimed to examine the relationship between religiosity and internal developmental assets amongstMalay adolescents in Malaysia. A total of 737 school-going Malay adolescents were recruited by usingmultistage cluster sampling method from four states (Selangor, Kedah, Kelantan and Johor) of PeninsularMalaysia. The results of the study indicated that Malay adolescents have good Islamic knowledge and practices,and in general they have good internal developmental assets. Both Islamic worldview (knowledge) andpersonality (practices) were found to have positive significant relationships with overall internal developmentalassets and its specific domains. Precisely, Islamic personality denoted to be the strongest predictor indetermining Malay adolescents’ internal developmental assets. Religious-based intervention should beemphasized to enhance adolescents’ internal developmental assets.

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