Public and private domains of religiosity and adolescent health risk behaviors: Evidence from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.

  • Nonnemaker J
  • McNeely C
  • Blum R
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Abstract

Examined the association of public (PUR) and private (PRR) domains of religiosity and adolescent health-related outcomes using data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), a nationally representative sample of American adolescents in grades 7-12. The PUR variable combines 2 items measuring frequency of attendance at religious services and frequency of participation in religious youth group activities. The PRR variable combines 2 items measuring frequency of prayer and importance of religion. both PUR and PRR were protective against cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana use. PRR was more protective against experimental substance use, while PUR had a larger association with regular use, and in particular with regular cigarette use. Both PUR and PRR were associated with a lower probability of having ever had sexual intercourse. PUR had a significant effect on effective birth control at first sexual intercourse and, for females, for having ever been pregnant. Only PUR was associated with lower emotional distress, and only PRR was significantly associated with a lower probability of having had suicidal thoughts or having attempted suicide. Both PUR and PRR were associated with a lower probability of having engaged in violence in the last year. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • adolescent health
  • adolescents
  • attempted suicide
  • birth control
  • drug usage
  • emotional distress
  • private religiosity
  • public religiosity
  • risk behavior
  • sexual intercourse
  • smoking
  • violence

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Authors

  • James M Nonnemaker

  • Clea A McNeely

  • Robert Wm. Blum

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