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The main purpose of this study is to systematically examine research conducted over the past 30 years regarding the effects of religiosity on substance abuse among African American. The present study was designed to examine whether there is empirical support for a relationship between religiosity and substance abuse among African American. This study is a partial replication of a systematic review by Johnson et al. (2000) on the effect of religion on delinquent behaviors. Johnson and his colleagues (2000) found that there is a consistent negative relationship between religiosity and deviance in the most rigorous research. Given that various types of deviant behaviors are related to religiosity in different ways, the present study focuses solely on African American substance abuse in order to avoid masking effects and variations.


Originally published in the International Journal of Arts & Sciences, 4(17) 29-33, in 2011.

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