ERIC Number: ED446166
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
A Better Kind of High: How Religious Commitment Reduces Drug Use among Poor Urban Teens. CRRUCS Report.
Johnson, Byron R.
Using a review of the literature and national longitudinal data on 1,087 youth aged 11 to 17, this study investigated whether religious commitment reduces drug use among poor urban teenagers. Standard multivariate statistical analysis of data from the National Youth Survey (1997) showed that inner-city adolescents who were more religious were significantly less likely to take drugs than other young people living in the same neighborhoods. Highly religious youth living in urban neighborhoods were less likely to use illicit drugs than nonreligious youth living in suburban neighborhoods. This study indicates that the degree to which being religious decreased a youth's probability of using illicit drugs decreases the older a teenager becomes. Youth who had good family relations, did well in school, had nondrug-using friends, and possessed antidrug attitudes were even less likely to use illicit drugs when they were also religious. The effect of religious commitment among poor urban teenagers was statistically significant for all categories of illicit drugs, including hard drugs. Appendixes discuss study details, illustrate variable operationalization, present the analytic model, and contain data tables and figures. (Contains 3 tables, 2 figures, and 37 endnotes.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pennsylvania Univ., Philadelphia. Center for Research on Religion and Urban Civil Society.; Manhattan Inst., New York, NY. Center for Civic Innovation.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth