TITLE

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SPIRITUAL MEANING AND PURPOSE AND DRUG AND ALCOHOL USE AMONG COLLEGE STUDENTS

AUTHOR(S)
Wood, Ralph J.; Hebert, Edward
PUB. DATE
March 2005
SOURCE
American Journal of Health Studies;2005, Vol. 20 Issue 1/2, p72
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
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.
ACCESSION #
22533582

 

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