International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Predicting Substance Abuse of High School through Purpose in Life and Religiosity
Racquel J. Ezell, Brenda Burrell

Abstract
Substance abuse is a tremendous problem that should greatly concern educators because of its impact on students and its implications for schooling. Purpose in life and religiosity are two variables that have been demonstrated to evidence an inverse relationship with substance abuse. An investigation of the impact of that relationship can yield meaningful data to influence professional practice in schools and other community institutions. Consequently, the purpose of the present study was to determine if perspectives about purpose in life and religiosity are predictive of the substance abuse status of adolescents who are high school students. Results indicated that perspectives about purpose in life and religiosity were excellent predictors of substance abuse status for individuals with no drug abuse involvement, poor predictors of substance abuse status for those with high and low drug abuse involvement and moderate predictors of substance abuse status for those with moderate drug abuse involvement.

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