Tri-ethnic alcohol use and religion, family, and gender

Norma Haston Turner, Gina Yvonne Ramirez, John C. Higginbotham, Kyriakos Markides, Alice C. Wygant, Sandra Black

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Nine different behavioral responses to alcohol by over two hundred ninth-graders in Austin, Texas, were examined in a survey designed to identify the relationship between adolescents' alcohol use, religious affiliation, religiosity, and gender. The relationship between alcohol use and family adaptability was also examined. While religious affiliation was found to be mildly predictive of use, religiosity determined only specific behavior. Gender differences in alcohol use appeared to be narrowing. Family adaptability was the most predictive variable, showing a relationship with six of the nine kinds of alcohol behavior. Future studies of family influences on adolescents' alcohol behavior and alcohol use among females are recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)341-352
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing
  • Religious studies


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