Wood, Ralph J.; Hebert, Edward
March 2005
American Journal of Health Studies;2005, Vol. 20 Issue 1/2, p72
Academic Journal
While spirituality is one of the primary constructs of health, little research has studied the relationship between spirituality and health related behavior. This investigation examined the relationship between spiritual meaning and purpose and the use of alcohol and drugs. A sample of 606 undergraduate students were surveyed using an amended version of the National College Health Risk Behavior Survey and Pargament's Spiritual MeaningScale. Results of this study show negative correlations between spiritual meaning and purposes scores andtheuseofalcoholanddrugs. Students with a higher Spiritual Meaning score were significantly less likely to use marijuana, drink alcohol, and participate in binge drinking. An individual's spiritual beliefs appear to have a buffering effect on alcohol 'and' drug use. Results of this study suggest that health education programming that provides students opportunities for spiritual growth and exploration may be a useful tool in the prevention of drug and alcohol use by college students.


Related Articles

  • Prevalence and Associated Factors of Sexually Transmitted Infections among Students of Wolaita Sodo University, Southern Ethiopia. Yohannes, Bereket; Gelibo, Terefe; Tarekegn, Mulat // International Journal of Scientific & Technology Research;Feb2013, Vol. 2 Issue 2, p86 

    Background: sexually transmitted Infections represent a large burden of disease worldwide with an annual incidence of about 333 million cases. In Ethiopia, studies on Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) among youth are very few; therefore, conducting research on STIs in general and among...

  • 'It wasn't my sole purpose for going down there' -- An inquiry into the Spring Break experience and its relation to risky behaviors and alcohol consumption. Ribeiro, Nuno F.; Yarnal, Careen M. // Annals of Leisure Research;2008, Vol. 11 Issue 3/4, p351 

    In an effort to further existing knowledge of the Spring Break phenomenon and its connection to risky behaviors and alcohol consumption, 14 undergraduate students from a large Mid-Atlantic North American University, going on their first Spring Break experience, were interviewed before and after...

  • Physical Activity in the Context of Clustering Patterns of Health-Promoting Behaviors. Tsuboi, Satoshi; Hayakawa, Takehito; Kanda, Hideyuki; Fukushima, Tetsuhito // American Journal of Health Promotion;Jul/Aug2011, Vol. 25 Issue 6, p410 

    Purpose. To describe differences in physical activity in the context of clustering patterns of health-promoting behaviors. Design. A cross-sectional study with 1724 participants (response rate, 91.1 %). Setting. Tadami Town, in a rural area of Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Subjects. Part of the...

  • fMRI BOLD Response in High-risk College Students (Part 1): During Exposure to Alcohol, Marijuana, Polydrug and Emotional Picture Cues†. Ray, Suchismita; Hanson, Catherine; Hanson, Stephen J.; Bates, Marsha E. // Alcohol & Alcoholism;Sep/Oct2010, Vol. 45 Issue 5, p437 

    Aim: This functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study examined reactivity to alcohol, polydrug, marijuana and emotional picture cues in students who were referred to a college alcohol and drug assistance program. Methods: The fMRI data of 10 participants (5 females; 5 males) were...

  • Consumo de alcohol en estudiantes universitarios y personas con proceso de rehabilitacion. Dáaz González, Lilian Andrea; Correa Valencia, Luz Ángela; Vacca Lugo, Alejandra; Barbosa Martfánez, Carolina; Méndez Heilman, Margaret; Muñoz Ortega, Liliana // Investigacion en Enfermeria: Imagen y Desarrollo;ene-jun2012, Vol. 14 Issue 1, p25 

    The aim of this study was to compare the conditions under which alcohol consumption takes place among college students and people who have been in rehabilitation programs for alcohol and other drugs. A non-experimental, transectional descriptive study was conducted, applying an instrument called...

  • A Perceived Benefits and Barriers Scale for Strenuous Physical Activity in College Students. Brown, Seth A.; Huber, Daniel; Bergman, Amber // American Journal of Health Promotion;Nov/Dec2006, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p137 

    Purpose. Due to relatively low physical activity among college students, a standardized, reliable, and valid scale of perceived benefits and barriers for this population is critical. The purpose of this study was to develop a new scale, the Physical Activity Benefits and Barriers Scale, and...

  • CONTROL ATTITUDES TOWARD DRUG USE AS A FUNCTION OF PATERNALISTIC AND MORALISTIC PRINCIPLES. Stylianou, Stelios // Journal of Drug Issues;Winter2002, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p119 

    Perceptions of crime seriousness have been studied since the 1960s. Characteristics of acts affecting these perceptions have been identified, and the degree of agreement in seriousness judgments has been examined for a variety of behaviors. The present study extends this inquiry by investigating...

  • Video Game Addiction and College Performance Among Males: Results from a 1 Year Longitudinal Study. Schmitt, Zachary L.; Livingston, Michael G. // CyberPsychology, Behavior & Social Networking;Jan2015, Vol. 18 Issue 1, p25 

    This study explored the pattern of video game usage and video game addiction among male college students and examined how video game addiction was related to expectations of college engagement, college grade point average (GPA), and on-campus drug and alcohol violations. Participants were 477...

  • Targeting Eating Disorders and Obesity among Female College Students.  // Eating Disorders Review;Jan/Feb2013, Vol. 24 Issue 1, p5 

    The article discusses a study on the effects of a group-based prevention program on female college students at risk of eating disorders and obesity due to body image concerns. It references a study by Doctor Eric Stice et al, published in the December 10, 2012 issue of the "Journal of Consulting...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics