Substance use among students attending a christian university that strictly prohibits the use of substances

Gary L. Hopkins, M. Catherine Freier, Talin Babikian, Herbert W. Helm, Duane C. McBride, Mark Boward, Sharon Gillespie, Ralph DiClemente

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Abstract

This study examines substance use at a church-affiliated university which prohibits the use of alcohol, tobacco, and drug substances. The purpose was to investigate the prevalence of substance use, the prevention efforts put forth by the university, and whether religious beliefs, which prohibit substance use, are protective. While the findings indicate that alcohol, tobacco and other drugs were used in varying degrees by this student sample, the overall use was significantly lower relative to a national comparison group. The data suggests that religion is a protective factor concerning substance use. However, since students use substances even at church-affiliated campuses with prohibitive substance use beliefs, the problem of how to deal with substance use remains.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-39
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Research on Christian Education
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Religious studies

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