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date: 19 September 2018

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This article focuses on the relationship between religion and delinquency and finds that religious commitment helps protect youth, whatever their socio-economic conditions, from delinquent behaviour and deviant activities, including the use of illegal drugs. There is also a more constructive side to the relationship between religion and behaviour, in the sense that religious belief and practice not only protect against delinquent behaviour but, according to the findings here, also foster positive and/or normative behaviour. The article also considers the current and potential role of religion and religious institutions in crime reduction, offender rehabilitation, and offender aftercare.

Keywords: religious commitment, delinquent youth, drug abuse, deviant activities, religious belief, crime reduction, offender rehabilitation

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