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NCJ Number: NCJ 241513     Find in a Library
Title: Links Between Religiosity, Childhood Sexual Abuse, and Subsequent Marijuana Use: An Empirical Inquiry of a Sample of Female College Students
Journal: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology  Volume:56  Issue:6  Dated:September 2012  Pages:937 to 954
Author(s): Doris C. Chu
Date Published: 09/2012
Page Count: 18
Document: HTML 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined whether the strain caused by sexual victimization leads to a higher level of subsequent marijuana use and whether religiosity moderates the negative effects of child sexual abuse (CSA).
Abstract: A number of studies indicate that childhood sexual abuse (CSA) has a negative impact on later psychological well-being. It is well documented that experiences of CSA are associated with depression, self-destructiveness, and subsequent substance abuse or alcohol consumption. Compared with women who experienced no such sexual abuse in childhood, women who were victims of sexual abuse in childhood were more likely to be depressed and use drugs or consume alcohol in later life. Analyzing data of 1,569 females derived from the “Longitudinal Study of Violence Against Women,” this study examines whether the strain caused by sexual victimization leads to a higher level of subsequent marijuana use and whether religiosity moderates the negative effects of CSA. It was found that CSA was associated with an increased level of marijuana use in high school. However, more proximate sexual victimization (victimization in college) seemed to override the impact of CSA on subsequent marijuana use. Religiosity was found to moderate the effect of CSA on marijuana use in high school. Religiosity was negatively associated with marijuana use in high school as well as the second and fourth collegiate years. Policy implications and promising directions for future research are discussed. Abstract published by arrangement with Sage Journals.
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Marijuana ; Drug use ; Victimization ; Young Adult (18-24) ; Religion ; Coping (victims of crime)
   
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