The Role of Religiosity in Explaining Juvenile Drug Use

Christopher J. Taylor, Indiana University of Pennsylvania

This paper reviews the literature exploring the role of religiosity in explaining gender differences in the frequency and extent of juvenile drug use. Alcohol, tobacco, marijuana/hash, and cocaine are the specific drugs that will be examined. Additionally, the literature on the impact that social learning and demographic variables have on juvenile drug use will also be reviewed, as these control variables are part of the theoretical model that will be tested in a future study. The research questions and theoretical model that evolve out of the literature review, as well as the hypotheses that will be tested in the study, will also be presented and discussed.

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