An analysis of the strength of religious faith of student-athletes and non-student-athletes at NCAA Division I-FBS institutions.
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Evans, Jonathan W. (Jonathan Worrell), 1977-
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This study evaluated and compared the religiosity of student-athletes and non- student-athletes at faith-based and non-faith-based NCAA Division I-FBS institutions via a modified version of the Santa Clara Strength of Religious Faith Questionnaire. A comparison of religiosity between institutions, gender, and student-athlete status was made as well as an exploration of the relationship between religiosity of these students and their intentions to use alcohol, tobacco, or performance enhancing drugs from a representative sample from two institutions (N = 613). Results from a 2 x 2 x 2 ANOVA found significant differences in religiosity based on gender, but no significant differences in religiosity by institution. The student-athletes at the non-faith-based institution were significantly more religious than the non-student-athletes. Logistic regression revealed students at the faith-based school were more likely to agree their faith impacted decisions regarding college choice, academic/athletic performance, alcohol, tobacco, and performance-enhancing drug use than those from the non-faith- based school.