Religiousness and College Student Alcohol Use: Examining the Role of Social Support
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The purpose of this study was to examine the mediating role of social support in the relationship between religiousness and alcohol use in a sample of college students. Two dimensions of religiousness: religious commitment and religious coping were examined as predictors of alcohol use. Participants were male and female college students (N = 221); the majority of the sample was Christian (73.8%). Emotional social support was tested as a mediator. Both religiousness dimensions and emotional social support were related to less frequent alcohol use; however, mediation was not supported. These findings indicate that religious commitment and dispositional religious coping are protective against alcohol use, yet social support does not account for this relationship.
KeywordsReligion Coping Alcohol use Social support College students
The authors would like to thank Lindsay Dietz, Nidal Karim, and Dawn M. Kepler for their assistance on various phases of this project. We also thank Kevin Ford for his mentorship.
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