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A Better Kind of High: How Religious Commitment Reduces Drug Use Among Poor Urban Teens

APPENDIX E

Figure 1: Total and Direct Effects of Individual Religious Commitment on Adolescent Use of Marijuana and Hard Drugs

Figure 1.

NOTE: Solid lines represent total effects; dotted lines represent direct effects.

Figure 2: The Effect of Individual Religious Commitment on Marijuana and Hard Drug Use at Low, Medium, and High Levels of Neighborhood Disorder (top 2) and the Effect of Neighborhood Disorder on Marijuana and Hard Drug Use at Low, Medium, and High Levels of Individual Religious Commitment (bottom 2)

Figure 2a.

Figure 2b.

Figure 2c.

Figure 2d.

NOTE: Low, medium, and high levels of neighborhood disorder and individual religious commitment are estimated at one standard deviation below the mean, and one standard deviation above the mean, respectively. All the other variables are held constant at their means.

 


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WHAT THE PRESS SAID:

Keeping the Faith The Wall Street Journal, August 2, 2000
Faith-based organizations: A promise still untested by Jane Eisner, The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 1, 2000
Uncle Shrub's Cabin Black Church Backers Sing Hosannahs by James Ridgeway, The Village Voice, August 1, 2000
To combat drug use among teens, religion is a proven, powerful tool by Byron R. Johnson The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 30, 2000

SUMMARY:
Dr. Byron Johnsonís important analysis demonstrates that religious commitment among inner city teens dramatically reduces their likelihood to take illegal drugs. In fact, he finds that religious low-income urban teenagers are much less likely to use drugs than non-religious youths living in middle class neighborhoods.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Foreword

Report

Why Neighborhood Conditions Affect Teen Drug Use

Why Individual Religious Commitment Matters

Study Design

Key Study Variables

Analytic Strategy

Summary of Findings

Conclusion

Appendix A: Study Details

Appendix B: Variable Operationalization

Appendix C: Analytic Model

Appendix D: Table 1

Appendix D: Tables 2 & 3

Appendix E: Figures 1-2

Endnotes

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