Longitudinal associations among religiousness, delay discounting, and substance use initiation in early adolescence

Jungmeen Kim-Spoon, Michael E. Mccullough, Warren K. Bickel, Julee P. Farley, Gregory S. Longo

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Abstract

Prior research indicates that religiousness is related negatively to adolescent health risk behaviors, yet how such protective effects operate is not well understood. This study examined the longitudinal associations among organizational and personal religiousness, delay discounting, and substance use initiation (alcohol, cigarette, and marijuana use). The sample was comprised of 106 early adolescents (10-13 years of age, 52% female) who were not using substances at Time 1. Path analyses suggested that high levels of personal religiousness at Time 1 were related to low levels of substance use at Time 2 (2.4 years later), mediated by low levels of delay discounting. Delay discounting appears to be an important contributor to the protective effect of religiousness on the development of substance use among adolescents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)36-43
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Research on Adolescence
Volume25
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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