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Am J Orthopsychiatry. 2005 Oct;75(4):585-98.

God forbid! Substance use among religious and non-religious youth.

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Department of Social Work, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287, USA. marsiglia@asu.edu

Abstract

Among a predominantly Mexican and Mexican American sample of preadolescents, religiosity protected against lifetime alcohol, cigarette, and marijuana use and recent alcohol and cigarette use when religious affiliation was controlled. When religiosity was controlled, however, adolescents with no religious affiliation and adolescents who were religiously affiliated reported similar substance use outcomes. Interaction effects demonstrated that the protective effect of greater religiosity operated more strongly in some religions than in others for selected outcomes. Overall, the impact of religiosity on reported drug use did not differ significantly for more and less acculturated Latino youth.

PMID:
16262516
PMCID:
PMC3043382
DOI:
10.1037/0002-9432.75.4.585
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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