Religion Involvement and Substance Use Problems in Schoolchildren in Northern Chile

Caqueo-Urizar, Alejandra; Peroza, Erika; Escobar-Soler, Carolang; Flores, Jerome; Urzua, Alfonso; Irarrazaval, Matias; Reygadas, Karina; Zegarra, Gustavo


(1) Background: Religious involvement and spirituality have proven to be sources of well-being for individuals at different moments in life and are also associated with a decrease in depression, anxiety, and substance use. Therefore, these could be protective factors against stressful conditions and contribute to mental health. The aim of the present study was to analyze the relationship between religious involvement and substance use among students in northern Chile. (2) Methods: The design is retrospective ex post facto with only one group, and the sample included 2313 adolescents between 12 and 18 years of age from public and private schools. A subscale of the Child and Adolescent Assessment System was used to assess substance use and Universal Age I-E-12 to measure religious involvement. (3) Results: The findings suggest that the intrinsic orientation of religiousness (beta = -0.048, p 0.014), age (beta = 0.374, p 0.000), gender (beta = 0.039, p 0.040), and ethnic identity (beta = 0.051, p 0.008) have significant correlations with substance use. (4) Conclusions: The intrinsic orientation of religion is a relevant variable associated with consumption due to its non-instrumental characteristics of religion and practices aimed at self-exploration and self-knowledge that favor the subjective well-being of individuals, which could prevent drug use from becoming an alternative for dealing with conflicts in the children and young population of this region of Latin America.

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Título según WOS: Religion Involvement and Substance Use Problems in Schoolchildren in Northern Chile
Título de la Revista: RELIGIONS
Volumen: 13
Número: 5
Editorial: MDPI Open Access Publishing
Fecha de publicación: 2022


Notas: ISI