ERIC Number: EJ1045010
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
Assessing God Locus of Control as a Factor in College Students' Alcohol Use and Sexual Behavior
Moore, Erin W.
Journal of American College Health, v62 n8 p578-587 2014
Objectives: This study explored God locus of control beliefs (ie, God's control over behavior) regarding their influence on alcohol use and sexual behavior as an alternative religiosity measure to religious behaviors, which does not capture perceived influence of religiosity. Additionally, demographic differences in religious beliefs were explored. Methods: College students aged 18-24 (N = 324) completed a survey between April 2012 and March 2013. Principal components and multivariate analyses were conducted. Results: Findings suggest that measures provide reliable, valid data from college students. God locus of control is linked to not consuming alcohol or engaging in sex. There were differences regarding relationship status and religious denomination. Conclusions: God locus of control beliefs are an appropriate construct for collecting data about college students' religiosity. Furthermore, health educators at faith-based institutions could incorporate this construct into their programming, encouraging abstinence but also behaving responsibly for those who do drink and are sexually experienced.
Descriptors: College Students, Drinking, Sexuality, Locus of Control, Beliefs, Student Attitudes, Religious Factors, Demography, Student Surveys, Multivariate Analysis, Measures (Individuals), Validity, Reliability, Interpersonal Relationship, Rating Scales, Questionnaires, Statistical Distributions, Regression (Statistics)
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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