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ERIC Number: EJ862291
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1067-828X
Spiritual Orientation among Adolescents in a Drug-Free Residential Therapeutic Community
Solhkhah, Ramon; Galanter, Marc; Dermatis, Helen; Daly, Jeanine; Bunt, Gregory
Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, v18 n1 p57-71 2009
Clinically, the treatment of substance abuse has relied on the Twelve Steps model, which is heavily focused on issues of spirituality. Adolescents may have cognitive and developmental issues that preclude them from taking advantage of the Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) model. To this end, we examined the spiritual orientation and spiritual behaviors among adolescent substance abusers in a drug-free residential therapeutic community (TC). One hundred and eighty-six adolescent clients of a drug-free residential therapeutic community were given a self-report questionnaire about their substance abuse and attitudes toward spirituality. The adolescents had a mean Spiritual Orientation Score of 21.48, reflecting a significantly lower level of spiritual orientation than adults in a similar setting. Also, adolescents who were heavy marijuana users were less spiritual than those adolescents who used marijuana less. Spirituality and affiliation with religious institutions may be considered a protective factor because they represent more conventional beliefs and attitudes and indicate a stronger social bond to conventional society. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New York