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Journal Article

Religion, Family, and Adolescent Drug Use

Acheampong Yaw Amoateng and Stephen J. Bahr
Sociological Perspectives
Vol. 29, No. 1 (Jan., 1986), pp. 53-76
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
DOI: 10.2307/1388942
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1388942
Page Count: 24
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Abstract

Using a national sample of over 17,000 high school seniors, we examined the effect of education of parents, employment status of mother, number of parents in household, religiosity, religious affiliation, gender, and race on alcohol and marijuana use. Contrary to some previous research, neither parental education nor employment status of mother was related to use of alcohol or marijuana. Adolescents who lived with both parents were less likely than adolescents in single-parent homes to use marijuana, although the differences were relatively small. Number of parents in household was not related to adolescent alcohol use. Level of religiosity had a significant association with alcohol and marijuana use among all religious denominations, although the magnitude of the relationship varied by denomination. Religious denomination, gender, and race were also related to drug use.

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