FRIDAY, April 4 (HealthScoutNews) -- Teenagers who consider religion to be an important part of their lives are less likely to smoke, drink alcohol or use drugs. That's the claim of a study in the March issue of the Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Adolescent belief in religion was especially important when they were facing life hardships, says the Albert Einstein College of Medicine study of 1,182 black, Hispanic and white adolescents. The teens were surveyed on four different occasions from 7th grade to 10th grade to track their perception of religion and their use of alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana. The study found adolescents who regarded religion as a meaningful part of their life and as a way to help them cope with problems were half as likely to use drugs than adolescents who said religion wasn't important to them...

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story2&cid=97&ncid=97&e=8&u=/hsn/20030405/hl_hsn/strong_faith_steers_kids_away_from_drugs Question Who's Online | Find Members | Private Messages
Questions
Quizzes
Articles
My Journal
Forums
Answer Questions | Question Comments | My Questions | Favorites | +Add Question
LATEST
POPULAR PRIORITY RANDOM

All | Games | Funny | Entertainment | Quizzes | Weird | Tech | People | Arts/Lit | News | Science | Sports | Places | Misc

631 hits Rate me! Share Favorite | Flag 19 years ago by KikiPeepers

Do you believe studies like this, that claim religion is a large factor in keeping kids off drugs?
FRIDAY, April 4 (HealthScoutNews) -- Teenagers who consider religion to be an important part of their lives are less likely to smoke, drink alcohol or use drugs. That`s the claim of a study in the March issue of the Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

Adolescent belief in religion was especially important when they were facing life hardships, says the Albert Einstein College of Medicine study of 1,182 black, Hispanic and white adolescents. The teens were surveyed on four different occasions from 7th grade to 10th grade to track their perception of religion and their use of alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana. The study found adolescents who regarded religion as a meaningful part of their life and as a way to help them cope with problems were half as likely to use drugs than adolescents who said religion wasn`t important to them...

http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tm...


Put This Question on Your Page (MySpace, Livejournal, Blog, etc)
[Preview] EMBED CODE:


Prev 1 2 Next (showing 1-25 of 39)

Bottom Last Post

19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/8/03 - 8:43:42 AM EST (GMT-5)
%woot% $ depends what religion, generally i'd say yeh, but, dont have time, bye
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/8/03 - 8:46:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
Faith could give people an alternative thing to aspire to, a hope. It also includs a moral philosophy that can deter drug use.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/8/03 - 8:47:01 AM EST (GMT-5)
I believe there would be a corrolation, yes.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/8/03 - 8:48:47 AM EST (GMT-5)
Just because there is a correlation between something does not imply causation. It doesn't follow that religion prevented them from getting into drugs. It's just as likely that the kinds of people who are inclined to be religious are the kinds of people not to get involved with drugs.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/8/03 - 8:57:30 AM EST (GMT-5)
You would agree, kyry, would you not, that athletes are disinclined toward drugs because of the direct detriment to that which they need to perform their tasks, right? Wouldn't drug abuse, then, be detrimental to the very doctrine held dear by religious people, and therefore it is less likely for them to get involved with it?
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/8/03 - 8:58:55 AM EST (GMT-5)
W turned to religion to keep off alcohol... I suppose that I could agree with this study.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/8/03 - 9:04:15 AM EST (GMT-5)
Maybe so, Uncle, but this study does not prove it. I'm merely pointing out that one conclusion is as plausible as the other here, and so one cannot choose between them with certainty.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Tuesday 4/8/03 - 9:59:19 AM EST (GMT-5)
If we have to be completely sure, I suppose this isn't airtight, but I'd put money on it.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 4/9/03 - 6:39:30 PM EST (GMT-5)
There isn't any proof that if you're religious, you won't use drugs. Therefore the study is a load of crap. I know a few people that are religious and use drugs.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Wednesday 4/9/03 - 6:40:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
I'm pretty skeptical about it. I know plenty of people that have no interest in religion that don't do drugs.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 4/10/03 - 3:34:27 AM EST (GMT-5)
How is a study that says they are "less likely" to use drugs a load of crap? How does knowing "a few" people who are religious and use drugs invalidate their study?
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 4/10/03 - 3:45:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
That's rubbish, XTC. The purpose of this study is to provide evidence that being religious keeps you off drugs; you're implying it has to be proven before it can be proved? And so what if you know "a few" people that are religious and on drugs? Explain how this invalidates the study.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 4/10/03 - 5:05:58 AM EST (GMT-5)
They aren't claiming that *no* religious people use drugs; there is a high correlation between the two. That's all.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 4/10/03 - 5:14:02 AM EST (GMT-5)
I see the merits to the study. If one actually practices religious doctrine (versus simply saying "I'm Christian because I celebrate Christmas"), it stands to reason that there is an associated lifestyle and certain restrictions on what crazy pastimes that person engages in. Those that devoutly follow Juseo-Christian faiths tend, in my experience, to not use drugs because it's discouraged by religious institutions and texts. I'd go further and guess that people who have extremely solid personal lives, with a lot of family support and stabilizing structures (like religion) are much less likely to use drugs. If they experiment, they are more likely to stop using drugs than people who don't have the stability that family and religion can bring.
19 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Thursday 4/10/03 - 5:14:39 AM EST (GMT-5)
^^that should have said "Judeo-Christian," sorry.
19 yrs ago - Friday 5/2/03 - 2:06:45 AM EST (GMT-5)
It might for some people, but not for everyone. I'm most definitely not religious and I've never had the urge to smoke or do drugs. Alcohol on the other hand...i've had it a few times, some of it's good, some of it's gross, and i've never been drunk in my life and i don't ever plan on getting drunk.
19 yrs ago - Friday 5/2/03 - 4:26:32 AM EST (GMT-5)
perhaps the kids that are religious are better liars when it comes to drug use. perhaps im just a skeptical cynic that despises the 'more righteous than thou' attitude that seems to go with piety.
19 yrs ago - Friday 5/2/03 - 5:52:13 AM EST (GMT-5)
im not religous at all and i only drink alcohol accasionaly when i go out and have never smoked but i know someone who goes to church every week that has done them all so id vote no!
19 yrs ago - Friday 5/2/03 - 5:55:05 AM EST (GMT-5)
Of course there is a correlation, people who are religious(fundamentalists) dont do anything because it is evil, they just tell everyone else they're evil
19 yrs ago - Friday 5/2/03 - 5:59:03 AM EST (GMT-5)
agree with u moe!
19 yrs ago - Friday 5/2/03 - 9:06:49 AM EST (GMT-5)
Kaos, you can't say you drink but you've never done drugs. Alcohol is one of the worst drugs possible to put in your body. So you would fall in the category of non-religious people that do in fact do drugs, thus supporting the study.
19 yrs ago - Monday 5/19/03 - 12:57:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
I just saw this thread again and decided to reply to Kiki. I have never done illegal drugs and I never will. That is usually how I use the term drugs. I don't use it to include ones that are legal. If I did well then I would have to call everyone I know an addict because they all use tylenol or asprin when they have a headache. They all ingest some form of caffine. As far as I know Alcohol is not illegal.
19 yrs ago - Monday 5/19/03 - 1:08:44 AM EST (GMT-5)
I think it's only related in that some children w/ relgion...any religion, have good morals and a lot of parental involvement.
19 yrs ago - Monday 5/19/03 - 1:39:48 AM EST (GMT-5)
well, i cant speak for all religions but from what i have seen in teens who truly believe in God, there is a MUCH lower usage of drugs...because they are living their life for god, trying to be totally for him, and at the same time, he helps them through their struggles reducing any need for drugs- his power is greater than drugs!
19 yrs ago - Monday 5/19/03 - 8:50:08 AM EST (GMT-5)
So kaos when they make marijuana legal in Canada you won't be a drug user if you use it then, but you would be now just because some people say it's illegal? Makes a lot of sense ... I have a real problem with drinkers who say they hate drugs :P

Prev 1 2 Next (showing 1-25 of 39)



You need to be logged in to post a reply

New to YT? Create a Free Account ~ Have an Account? Log In

Top



10 Most Popular Questions Today
1 What does your money do?

2 If you had a genetic disease, would you reproduce?

3 Should the clock have been shifted 6 hours when it was designed, so that dawn occurs at approximately 12:00 and each hour corresponds to an hour of daylight?

4 Do you live in a home that has been owned by your family for multiple generations?

5 Have you ever seen an Aurora?

6 Do people become more likeable once they`ve realized their faults?

7 Should Christians do yoga?

8 Does your favourite movie pass the Bechdel test?

9 You're proving my point?

10 Is it fair that this woman got away with purposefully miscarrying her two babies?

More Questions
 
Edit