Native American Spiritual Beliefs Influential in Spurring Youth to Avoid Drugs and Alcohol

A new study, conducted by social scientists at Arizona State University, suggests that young Native Americans living in urban areas who follow traditional Native American spiritual beliefs and practices, are less likely to use drugs or alcohol. This particular study is unique in that it is one of the few to specifically address the lives of Native American youth in urban areas, noting that the majority of Native American youth do, in fact, live in larger metropolitan areas. While studies have shown that Native American youth have higher instances of substance abuse, one common predictor of no use at all is a regular practice of spirituality.

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