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Journal of Addiction
Volume 2014, Article ID 143709, 5 pages
Research Article

Effect of Religiosity and Dysfunctional Dating Attitudes on Youth Substance Use

1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 4770 Buford Highway, MS F-64, Atlanta, GA 30341, USA
2University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506, USA

Received 13 May 2014; Revised 14 July 2014; Accepted 15 July 2014; Published 5 August 2014

Academic Editor: Monica H. Swahn

Copyright © 2014 Andra Teten Tharp et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The current investigation examined the interactive effect of dysfunctional dating attitudes and religiosity on substance use in a large sample of youth ( ) from the YouthStyles survey. Based on past research, we explored the possibility that religiosity buffered the association between dysfunctional dating attitudes and substance use. Because age was significantly associated with all study variables, we included age in our analyses. In support of our hypothesis we found an attitude by religiosity by age interaction among youth with moderate levels of dysfunctional dating attitudes. Among these youth, the buffering effect of religiosity increased with age. For youth with low and high dysfunctional dating attitudes, religiosity did not buffer the association. The results of this study are in line with past work that suggests that the association between relationship characteristics and substance use is complex. It also identifies religiosity as a protective factor for the effect of dating attitudes on substance use but suggests that these effects may be the most important for youth with moderate levels of dysfunctional dating attitudes.