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Racial Discrimination and Alcohol Use: The Moderating Role of Religious Orientation.
Subst Use Misuse 2017; 52(1):1-9SU

Abstract

BACKGROUND

An outgrowth of research has established a relationship between racial discrimination and alcohol use, as well as factors that moderate this association.

OBJECTIVES

The main objective of this study was to determine if religious orientation moderates the relationship between perceived racial discrimination and alcohol use.

METHODS

This study utilized a cross-sectional data collection strategy to examine the relationship among discrimination, religious orientation, and alcohol use among undergraduate students (N = 349) at a midsize southeastern university. Data was collected in 2014. Participants completed a demographic questionnaire, the General Ethnic Discrimination Scale, the Extrinsic/Intrinsic Religious Orientation Scale-Revised and the Drinking and Drug Habits Questionnaire.

RESULTS

Analyses using hierarchical linear regression indicate a significant interaction effect (lifetime discrimination × extrinsic religious orientation) on problem drinking. Additional moderation analyses reveal a significant interaction effect between lifetime discrimination and the extrinsic-personal religious orientation on problem drinking.

CONCLUSIONS

Results suggest that an extrinsic religious orientation, and particularly, an extrinsic-personal religious orientation, moderates the relationship between lifetime discrimination and problem drinking, suggesting that turning to religion for comfort and protection, rather than for the superficial purpose of seeing/making friends at church, may buffer against the deleterious effects of discrimination-specifically, engaging in problem drinking to cope with the stress of discrimination. Limitations, directions for future research, and clinical implications are discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

a Department of Psychology , Auburn University at Montgomery , Montgomery , Alabama , USA.a Department of Psychology , Auburn University at Montgomery , Montgomery , Alabama , USA. b Department of Psychology , South University-Montgomery , Montgomery , Alabama , USA.b Department of Psychology , South University-Montgomery , Montgomery , Alabama , USA.c Life Enhancement Services , Jackson , Mississippi , USA.d Department of History, Languages, and Social Sciences , Pensacola State College , Pensacola , Florida , USA.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

27618694

Citation

Parenteau, Stacy C., et al. "Racial Discrimination and Alcohol Use: the Moderating Role of Religious Orientation." Substance Use & Misuse, vol. 52, no. 1, 2017, pp. 1-9.
Parenteau SC, Waters K, Cox B, et al. Racial Discrimination and Alcohol Use: The Moderating Role of Religious Orientation. Subst Use Misuse. 2017;52(1):1-9.
Parenteau, S. C., Waters, K., Cox, B., Patterson, T., & Carr, R. (2017). Racial Discrimination and Alcohol Use: The Moderating Role of Religious Orientation. Substance Use & Misuse, 52(1), pp. 1-9.
Parenteau SC, et al. Racial Discrimination and Alcohol Use: the Moderating Role of Religious Orientation. Subst Use Misuse. 2017 01 2;52(1):1-9. PubMed PMID: 27618694.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Racial Discrimination and Alcohol Use: The Moderating Role of Religious Orientation. AU - Parenteau,Stacy C, AU - Waters,Kristen, AU - Cox,Brittany, AU - Patterson,Tarsha, AU - Carr,Richard, Y1 - 2016/09/12/ PY - 2016/9/13/pubmed PY - 2018/2/27/medline PY - 2016/9/13/entrez KW - Discrimination KW - alcohol use KW - religious orientation SP - 1 EP - 9 JF - Substance use & misuse JO - Subst Use Misuse VL - 52 IS - 1 N2 - BACKGROUND: An outgrowth of research has established a relationship between racial discrimination and alcohol use, as well as factors that moderate this association. OBJECTIVES: The main objective of this study was to determine if religious orientation moderates the relationship between perceived racial discrimination and alcohol use. METHODS: This study utilized a cross-sectional data collection strategy to examine the relationship among discrimination, religious orientation, and alcohol use among undergraduate students (N = 349) at a midsize southeastern university. Data was collected in 2014. Participants completed a demographic questionnaire, the General Ethnic Discrimination Scale, the Extrinsic/Intrinsic Religious Orientation Scale-Revised and the Drinking and Drug Habits Questionnaire. RESULTS: Analyses using hierarchical linear regression indicate a significant interaction effect (lifetime discrimination × extrinsic religious orientation) on problem drinking. Additional moderation analyses reveal a significant interaction effect between lifetime discrimination and the extrinsic-personal religious orientation on problem drinking. CONCLUSIONS: Results suggest that an extrinsic religious orientation, and particularly, an extrinsic-personal religious orientation, moderates the relationship between lifetime discrimination and problem drinking, suggesting that turning to religion for comfort and protection, rather than for the superficial purpose of seeing/making friends at church, may buffer against the deleterious effects of discrimination-specifically, engaging in problem drinking to cope with the stress of discrimination. Limitations, directions for future research, and clinical implications are discussed. SN - 1532-2491 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/27618694/Racial_Discrimination_and_Alcohol_Use:_The_Moderating_Role_of_Religious_Orientation_ L2 - http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/10826084.2016.1201840 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -