Race/Ethnicity, Religiosity and Differences and Similarities in American Adolescents’ Substance Use

  • John M. WallaceJr.Email author
  • Patrick M. O’MalleyJr.
  • Jerald G. Bachman
  • John E. Schulenberg
  • Lloyd D. Johnston


The purpose of the present study was to determine the extent to which religiosity “protects” young people of color from substance use, as past research suggests that it protects white youth. Consistent with the findings of previous research, based on predominantly white samples, we found statistically and substantively significant inverse relationships between measures of religiosity and substance use for African American, Mexican American, Puerto Rican, Other Latin American, Asian American, and Native American young people.


10th Grader Religious Service African American Youth Adolescent Substance Religious Attendance 
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The Monitoring the Future Study was funded by grant R01 DA01411 from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. We would like to thank Tim Perry for assistance with data analysis and preparation of tables.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • John M. WallaceJr.
    • 1
    Email author
  • Patrick M. O’MalleyJr.
    • 2
  • Jerald G. Bachman
    • 2
  • John E. Schulenberg
    • 3
  • Lloyd D. Johnston
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social WorkPittsburghUSA
  2. 2.University of Michigan’s Institute for Social ResearchAnn ArborUSA
  3. 3.Department of Psychology, Center for Human Growth and DevelopmentUniversity of Michigan’s Institute for Social ResearchAnn ArborUSA

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