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ERIC Number: EJ1115977
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0044-118X
Do Adolescents Who Regularly Attend Religious Services Stay out of Trouble? Results from a National Sample
Salas-Wright, Christopher P.; Lombe, Margaret; Vaughn, Michael G.; Maynard, Brandy R.
Youth & Society, v48 n6 p856-881 Nov 2016
The relationship between religious service attendance and adolescent externalizing behavior is well established in the aggregate, but little is known about what behavioral and psychosocial differences may or may not exist among adolescents who regularly attend religious services. Using a nationally representative sample of frequent religious service attending adolescents (N = 26,765), latent class analysis and multinomial regression were used to examine the relationships between latent externalizing classes and protective factors related to self-control. Results revealed a four-class solution comprised of a "normative" class (66.52%) as well as three externalizing classes: "substance" users (17.17%), "fighters" (12.65%), and "severe offenders" (3.66%). Compared with the normative class, members of the externalizing classes were significantly less likely to benefit from individual, parental, and academic protective factors related to self-control. Findings suggest that regular religious service attendance is relevant to externalizing behavior, but that it does not function as a panacea.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute on Drug Abuse (DHHS/PHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: R25DA026401