Does Change in Teenage Religiosity Predict Change in Marijuana Use Over Time?

Program Title:

Does Change in Teenage Religiosity Predict Change in Marijuana Use Over Time?

Hours of Training:

1 hour


This document was authored by Scott A. Desmond of the Department of Sociology, Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana, George Kikuchi Department of Criminology and Behavioral Sciences, National Research Institute of Police Science in Kashiwa-shi Japan, and Kristen Budd, Department of Sociology, Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.   It was published in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Religion and is provided here with permission of the journal. 

Program Description/Abstract:

“Previous research on religiosity and substance use primarily used cross-sectional data or, at best, two waves of data separated by a year. In contrast, we use five waves of the National Youth Survey to determine whether religiosity predicts long-term trajectories of marijuana use and whether changes in religiosity predict changes in marijuana use over time. The results suggest that religious youths use marijuana less often initially and, in contrast to nonreligious youths, exhibit smaller increases in marijuana use over time.

In fact, the results suggest that highly religious adolescents are unlikely to experience any increase in marijuana use over time. When religiosity changes over time, the initial level of religiosity does not predict changes in marijuana use. However, changes in religiosity are significantly related to changes in marijuana use. When adolescent religiosity increases, marijuana use tends to decrease, and vice versa. Adolescents who maintain their high levels of religiosity over time are less likely to use marijuana, while consistently nonreligious youths are less likely to decrease their marijuana use (Desmond, Kikuchi, & Budd, 2010).”

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Desmond, S. A., Kikuchi, G., & Budd, K. (2010). Does change in teenage religiosity predict change in marijuana use over time? Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion, 6(5), 1-30. Retrieved from

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