Date of Award

2001

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)

Department

College of Nursing

Abstract

This study was a secondary analysis of data from a national survey of 135 high schools throughout the nation, including both rural and urban settings. A sample of 14,056 twelfth grade students participated in the survey. This study explored the relationships between religious attendance, perceived importance of religion, and smoking and consumption of alcohol in adolescents. Very little research was found on the relationship between religion and adolescent health, indicating a need for more investigations. This study found that the greater number of times an individual attended religious services the less they reported engaging in smoking and drinking. Future intention to smoke or drink and attendance at religious services was also found to have a significant inverse relationship. Perceived importance of religion, as reported by the adolescent, although weakly correlated, was also found to be inversely related to smoking and drinking. While all relationships examined in this secondary analysis were found to be significant, the correlations were weak and may be a result of the large sample size.

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