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ERIC Number: ED473128
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 64
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Religion and American Adolescent Delinquency, Risk Behaviors and Constructive Social Activities. A Research Report of the National Study of Youth and Religion.
Smith, Christian; Faris, Robert
This study used data from the Monitoring the Future Survey of high school seniors to examine the impact of religion on U.S. adolescents' participation in constructive youth activities. Overall, religion positively related to participation in constructive activities. Students who participated in religious activities tended to be less likely to participate in many delinquent and risk behaviors. This report presents data on the impact of religious participation on the following: smoking; first time drinking to get drunk; going to bars; frequency of drinking to get drunk; drugs; transition to marijuana use; driving safety; danger seeking; risk taking; violent behavior; theft and other crimes; shoplifting; skipping school; being sent to principal's office or detention for misbehavior; being suspended or expelled; parents limiting time out with friends on school nights; arguing with parents; community affairs or volunteer work; sports, athletics, or exercise; and student government. Four appendices contain regression tables on religious service attendance, importance of religion, religious youth group participation, and religious tradition. (SM)
National Study of Youth and Religion, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, CB #3057, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3057 (4). E-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lilly Endowment, Inc., Indianapolis, IN.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill.