This study examined the relationships among religious change and risk behaviors,
perceived influence from peers and family, and life satisfaction. In order to increase the
knowledge of these potential correlates of religious change in college students, the researcher
sought to identify the relationships among religious change and the risk behaviors of alcohol
consumption, marijuana use, and increased sexual risk patterns, as well as among religious
change and perceived influence from past peers, current peers, and family. Additionally, the
association between religious change and life satisfaction was examined. The analysis of these
relationships was conducted on a sample size of 145 students at a large, secular undergraduate
institution in the Midwest, and each participant was asked to report information on each of the
variables of interest. The results of this study indicated significant relationships among religious
change and alcohol use, increased sexual risk behaviors, perceived current peer influence, and
Religious Change and College Students: Risk Behaviors, Peer and Family Influence, and Life Satisfaction.
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