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Intrinsic Religiosity, Personality Traits, and Adolescent Risky Behaviors

Silvia Mendolia, Alfredo Paloyo and Ian Walker


We investigate the relationship between self-reported importance of religion and risky behaviors in adolescence using data from a large and detailed longitudinal study of English teenagers. We use school and individual fixed effects, and treatment effects with inverse-probability-weighted regression adjustment, controlling for a rich set of characteristics, including individual personality traits. Our results show that individuals with low religiosity are more likely to engage in risky health behaviors.

  1. Conflicts of Interest: The authors have no conflicts of interest to declare.


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