A Systematic Review of Recent Literature on religiousity, Stress, Depression, and Prescription Stimulant Misuse
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This paper contains a systematic review of articles about the relationships between religious identity, stress, depression, and prescription stimulant misuse that were published between 2010 and 2015. Summaries of methodological characteristics (e.g. study design, sample sizes, sample compositions, religious affiliation, importance of religion in one’s life, stress, depression symptoms, and prescription stimulant misuse) were investigated in this review. The association between religiosity and reduced risk of illicit drug use is well established, but a well-defined and definitive body of knowledge on the relationship of religiosity and prescription stimulant misuse has been slow to emerge and at times, findings are contradictory. The relationship between stress and prescription stimulant misuse has been well documented. Depression and prescription stimulant misuse has been documented.