Developmental Trajectories of Religious Service Attendance: Predictors of Nicotine Dependence and Alcohol Dependence/Abuse in Early Midlife

Chenshu Zhang, Judith S. Brook, Carl G. Leukefeld, David W. Brook

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Abstract

This longitudinal study assesses the associations between developmental trajectories of religious service attendance from mean age 14 to mean age 43 and nicotine dependence and alcohol dependence/abuse at mean age 43 (N = 548). Six trajectories of religious service attendance were identified. As compared with belonging to weekly stable trajectory group, a higher probability of belonging to the weekly/none decreasing, occasional stable, and non-attendance trajectory group was significantly associated with a higher likelihood of nicotine dependence. In addition, as compared with belonging to weekly stable trajectory group, a higher probability of belonging to the weekly/none decreasing, weekly/occasional decreasing, occasional stable, and non-attendance trajectory group was significantly associated with a higher likelihood of alcohol dependence/abuse. These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that religious service attendance protects against nicotine dependence and alcohol dependence/abuse in early midlife.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1766-1779
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume60
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2021

Keywords

  • Alcohol dependence/abuse
  • Growth mixture modeling
  • Longitudinal study
  • Nicotine dependence
  • Trajectories of religious service attendance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Religious studies

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