I'm doing a lot of policy writing on youth and I keep coming across statements about the benefits of belief in God for teens. These statements claim that belief helps keep them out of trouble, makes them more resilient, etc.
I suspect this is not true - that belief in the supernatural makes people less resilient because they depend on a source of power outside of themselves. Attachment theory tells us that youth are more resilient when they have strong relationships involving mutual exchange of one's inner self. Unless people are hearing voices, there is no mutual exchange in a relationship with God 0 it's a pretty one-sided exchange. Thus, I doubt it is a significant protective factor from a relational perspective.
Does anyone know of research (scholarly research is preferable) that either confirms or questions these claims?