The Impact of Religiosity on Substance Abuse and Obesity in African Americans

  • Bernice A. Dodor
  • Michael A. Robinson
  • Reed Watson
  • David Meetze
  • Ronald WhickerJr.
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Abstract

Among the African American community, there exist many health disparities which warrant greater examination through the practice of social work. The aim of the present research was to explore the impact of religiosity on substance abuse and obesity among African American populations by employing a systematic review of the current body of literature on this subject. While many of the studies reviewed found at least a weak relationship between religiosity and obesity, such results were not consistent across all materials examined. Among those studies that found a correlation between these factors, many demonstrated that religiosity had a positive impact on substance abuse and obesity. A discussion of the implications of these findings is submitted as a means of illuminating the significance of all research findings that were examined. Limitations such as more standardized criteria for inclusion of research material are identified and discussed. Implications for future research are presented to promote the advancement of future efforts in this area research.

Keywords

Religiosity Health Obesity Substance abuse African Americans 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Human Development and Family ScienceEast Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA
  2. 2.School of Social WorkUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA
  3. 3.School of Social WorkEast Carolina UniversityGreenvilleUSA

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