Journal of Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research


Williams, Ruth; Wilder, Tron


This study examined the relationship between religiosity and risky behavior in college students. A convenience sample of 31 students of at least 18 years of age from Southern Adventist University participated in this study. Participants completed a demographic questionnaire created by the researcher regarding gender, race, religious identification, and class standing in addition to the Risky Behavior Questionnaire (RBQ) (Weiss et al., 2018) and items from both the Duke Religion Index (DRI) (Koenig et al., 1997) and The Centrality of Religiosity Scale (CRS) (Huber & Huber, 2012). Results of the sample showed that when an individual’s level of religiosity increases, their frequency in participation of risky behaviors decreases. However, these findings were not statistically significant. It was also determined that class standing, gender, and race do not significantly affect levels of religiosity and risky behavior among students. Because no findings were statistically significant, further research is needed to understand how religiosity and risky behavior are correlated and what other factors influence these variables.