"Obeying the Commandments": Religion, the Social Bond, and Drug Use

Michael A. Cretacci, The Citadel

The hypothesized effects of religion on various forms of deviance have a long history in both sociology and criminology. However, much of the literature that examines this relationship from a criminological perspective does so in a theoretical vacuum. To address that problem, the current study eseeks to incorporate measures of religion into social control theory. The primary question addressed is whether or not those variables are significant contributors to the social bond in the explanation of drug use. Reported results indicate that religious variables have important value within the context of social control theory.

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