Predicting Substance Use from Religiosity/Spirituality in Individuals with Cystic Fibrosis

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  • Religiosity and spirituality predict lower alcohol and other substance use in community samples of adolescents and adults. However, the roles of religiosity and spirituality in substance use have not been examined in individuals with cystic fibrosis (CF). Adults with CF (n = 123) completed measures of spirituality, religiosity, and substance use. Clinical measures of illness severity (e.g., BMI and %FEV1) were obtained from participants’ medical records. Substance use rates for alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana were lower in this sample than those seen in the general population. Of the measured BMMRS subscales, spiritual experiences and religious commitment were significant predictors of lower alcohol use. These results suggest that personal factors of religiosity and spirituality are more important for substance use in adults with CF than participation in religious service and events or adoption of religious practices.
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  • Burgess BE; Mrug S; Bray LA; Leon KJ; Troxler RB
  • Start Page

  • 1818
  • End Page

  • 1831
  • Volume

  • 60
  • Issue

  • 3