A sample of 7724 college students in Washington and Utah was selected to study the relationships of religious activity and religious affiliation to illicit sexual behaviors, use of marijuana, and getting drunk. For all religious affiliations (except for the Jews), there were significant correlations between church activity and the measured illicit behaviors. LDS rates of behavior were significantly lower at <.001 for the five illicit behaviors. Two factor analyses were calculated to determine which sexual behaviors would load on a single factor and which substances would load on another factor. Extramarital coitus, heavy petting, and passionate kissing formed the first "sexual" factor. The use of beer, liquor, and marijuana combined with the behavior getting drunk to form the "substance-abuse" factor. A canonical analysis reported a moderate relationship with a canonical coefficient of .534 between the two factors. A discriminant analysis based on each subjects' religious affiliation and activity level yielded a 70-80 percent correct classification percentage.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Sociology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Zane, Thomas W., "The Effects of Religious Affiliation and Attendance on Illicit Sexual Behavior and Substance Abuse" (1985). Theses and Dissertations. 5235.
behavior prediction, religion, religious activity, association, church attendance, behavior, indicators, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Mormons, Mormon Church