Journal of Religion and Health

, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 18–31

Religion and Selected Health Behaviors Among Latinos in Texas

  • Ginny Garcia
  • Christopher G. Ellison
  • Thankam S. Sunil
  • Terrence D. Hill
Original paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10943-012-9640-7

Cite this article as:
Garcia, G., Ellison, C.G., Sunil, T.S. et al. J Relig Health (2013) 52: 18. doi:10.1007/s10943-012-9640-7

Abstract

Though research has shown that religion provides a protective influence with respect to a number of health-related outcomes, little work has examined its influence on patterns of alcohol (especially binge drinking) and tobacco consumption among Latinos in Texas. Thus, we used a probability sample of Texas adults to test this relationship via logistic regression. Our results revealed that clear distinctions emerge on the basis of both denomination and frequency of attendance. Specifically, Protestants who regularly attend religious services are significantly more likely to be abstainers and to have never smoked, while those with no religious affiliation exhibit relatively unfavorable risk profiles. These findings persist despite a range of socio-demographic controls. Our study supports the assertion that religion may serve as an important protective influence on risky health behaviors.

Keywords

ReligionLatinoHealthAlcoholTobacco

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ginny Garcia
    • 1
  • Christopher G. Ellison
    • 3
  • Thankam S. Sunil
    • 3
  • Terrence D. Hill
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of SociologyPortland State UniversityPortlandUSA
  2. 2.Department of SociologyFlorida State UniversityTallahasseeUSA
  3. 3.Department of SociologyUniversity of Texas at San AntonioSan AntonioUSA