• Journal Article

Religiosity and behavioral health outcomes of adolescents living in disaster-vulnerable areas

Citation

Rose, T., Shields, J., Tueller, S., & Larson, S. (2015). Religiosity and behavioral health outcomes of adolescents living in disaster-vulnerable areas. Journal of Religion & Health, 54(2), 480-494. DOI: 10.1007/s10943-014-9828-0

Abstract

The influence of religiosity on behavioral health outcomes among adolescents living in disaster-prone areas has been understudied. This study utilized data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2005-2010) to examine the relationship between religion, depression, marijuana use, and binge drinking. The sample included 12,500 adolescents residing in the Gulf Coast region of the USA. Results show that religious salience was directly related to depression, marijuana, and binge drinking. It was also indirectly related to both substance use outcomes through depression. Religious service attendance was unrelated to any of the outcomes. Implications of the findings are discussed