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Revista de la Facultad de Medicina

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GOMEZ-BUSTAMANTE, Edna Margarita  and  COGOLLO-MILANES, Zuleima. Association between religiosity and lifestyle among adolescents. [online]. 2015, vol.63, n.2, pp.193-198. ISSN 0120-0011.

Background. Among adolescents, it is inconsistent the association between religiosity and lifestyle (physical activity, coital activity, smoking, alcohol consumption and problematic consumption of illegal substances that can induce dependence). However, there is few information about the relationship between these two variables in Colombian adolescents. Objective. To establish the association between religiosity and lifestyle among adolescent students in Cartagena, Colombia. Materials and Methods. A cross-sectional analytical research was carried out including a random sample of adolescent students, aged between 13 and 17 years old. Authors estimated association between physical inactivity, lifetime sexual intercourse, last-month cigarette smoking, abusive alcohol consumption and lifetime illegal substance use, and religiosity. Results. A group of 1730 students participated in the research, mean age was 14.7 years (SD=1.2), and 52.7% were girls. Associations for low-religiosity were physical inactivity (OR=1.00; 95%CI 0.80-1.24), sexual intercourse (OR=1.38; 95%CI 1.09-1.74), cigarette smoking (OR=1.40; 95%CI 0.90-2.18), abusive alcohol consumption (OR=1.20; 95%CI 0.87-1.65) and illegal substance use (OR=1.27; 95%CI 0.89-1.81), adjusted for age and gender. Conclusions. In this sample of adolescent students, low religiosity is related to lifetime sexual intercourse. More research is needed to investigate the relationship between religiosity and lifestyle among adolescents.

Keywords : Religion; Christianity; Adolescent; Students; Cross- Sectional Studies.

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