Date of Award
Master of Science
Leslie A. Robinson
James G. Murphy
Kenneth D. Ward
Religiosity is a term used to describe how religious an individual is, and it encompasses religious activity, dedication, and belief. Previous research indicates that religiosity is protective against the initiation of smoking among adolescents; however, the possibility of ethnic differences in the relation between religiosity and adolescent smoking has not been explored. This study examines ethnic differences in religiosity in a bi-racial sample of 4,798 adolescents from an urban Mid-South school system. Results reveal that Blacks are significantly more religious than Whites. However, the relation between religiosity and smoking differs across ethnicity. Moderate and strong levels of religiosity are associated with smoking for Whites, whereas only strong levels of religiosity is associated with smoking for Blacks. These findings demonstrate that religiosity is more prevalent among Blacks, but the relation between religiosity and smoking is more powerful among Whites.
dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Alexander, Adam Chancellor, "Differences in Religiosity and Smoking among Urban Adolescents" (2014). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 983.