Religiosity and Violence Among Adolescents in the United States: Findings From the National Survey on Drug Use and Health 2006-2010

Christopher P. Salas-Wright, Michael G. Vaughn, Brandy R. Maynard

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There is a pressing need to develop a more nuanced understanding of the relationships between particular expressions of religiosity and the various manifestations of violence among youth. This study examines these relationships among adolescents in the general population as well as across racial/ethnic, gender, and family income differences. Using a nationally representative sample of adolescents (N = 90,202) from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (2006-2010), logistic regression is used to examine the relationships between religiosity and violence. Results indicate that multiple components of adolescent religiosity are associated with the decreased likelihood of fighting, group fighting, and, to a lesser extent, violent attacks. A number of noteworthy differences were identified across race/ethnicity, gender, and family income. Findings from this investigation shed light on the relationship between particular facets of religiosity and violence that may be useful for violence prevention organizations seeking to integrate religious components into intervention efforts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1178-1200
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Interpersonal Violence
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 2014 May

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This research was supported in part by grant number T32 DA016184 and R25 DA026401 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse at the National Institutes of Health.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology


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