Religiosity as a protective factor against substance use among Hungarian high school students

Eszter Kovacs, Bettina Franciska Piko, Kevin Michael Fitzpatrick

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Gender differences in the relationship between religiosity and substance use (lifetime prevalence and current use) were examined among high school students in Szeged, Hungary (N = 881). Experimenting with and consuming tobacco and alcoholic beverages were characteristic in the sample to a great extent, whereas marijuana use was not as frequent. Logistic regression analyses were employed to test how variables of religiosity, that is, denominational affiliation, religiosity, and religious attendance, were related to substance use of youth by gender. Our findings confirmed the importance of the protective role of religious involvement, particularly among females.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1346-1357
Number of pages12
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Jul 27 2011



  • Adolescence
  • Protective factors
  • Religiosity
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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