Intrinsic Religiosity and Substance Use in Intercollegiate Athletes

in Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology

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Eric A. StorchColumbia University

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Jason B. StorchUniversity of Florida

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Adrienne H. KovacsUniversity of Memphis

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Aubree OkunColumbia University

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Eric WelshColumbia University

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Although there has been little research examining religiosity in athletes, recent evidence suggests that it may play an important role in the lives of some athletes. The present study investigated the relationship of intrinsic religiosity to substance use in intercollegiate athletes. The Intrinsic Religiosity subscale of the Duke Religion Index, the Alcohol Problems subscale of the Personality Assessment Inventory, and two questions assessing marijuana and other drug use were completed by 105 varsity athletes. Findings indicated that intrinsic religiosity was inversely associated with alcohol, marijuana, and other drug use. Implications of these findings for sport practitioners are discussed.

E.A. Storch, A. Okun, and E. Welsh are with the Dept. of Clinical Psychology, Teachers College, Columbia Univ., 525 West 120th St., New York, NY 10027; J.B. Storch is with the Dept. of Education and Leadership, Univ. of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32601; A.H. Kovacs is with the Dept. of Psychology, Univ. of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38111.

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