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NCJ Number: 141805 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: ROLE OF FAMILY FACTORS, PHYSICAL ABUSE, AND SEXUAL VICTIMIZATION EXPERIENCES IN HIGH-RISK YOUTHS' ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUG USE AND DELINQUENCY: A LONGITUDINAL MODEL
Journal: Violence and Victims  Volume:7  Issue:3  Dated:(Fall 1992)  Pages:245-266
Author(s): R Dembo; L Williams; W Wothke; J Schmeidler; C H Brown
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: 1 ROI DA06657-01
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using data from an ongoing, longitudinal study of juvenile detainees, this study tested a "developmental damage model" of the relationships among the youths' family background and problem factors, their sexual victimization and physical abuse experiences, and their substance use and delinquent behavior over time.
Abstract: Interviews with 305 youths (236 males and 69 females) obtained information on demographic characteristics; sexual victimization and physical abuse; family problem characteristics; self-reported alcohol, marijuana, and other illicit drug use; urine testing for recent marijuana and cocaine use; and self-reported delinquent behavior. The study found that the socioeconomic status and composition of the youths' families was much less important in understanding their marijuana/hashish use and delinquency than their families' alcohol, drug abuse, and mental health problems as well as involvement in crime, along with the youths' personal experiences with sexual victimization and physical abuse. These problem issues were related to one another and thus influenced the youths' marijuana/hashish use and delinquent behavior both directly and indirectly. These multiple risk factors increased significantly the likelihood that youths' experiencing them would develop troubled lives. The results suggest an important dynamic in the development of the youths' marijuana/hashish use and delinquent behavior over time. Family problems and abuse/victimization experiences seem to influence the youths' initial involvement in drug use and their delinquent behavior. Once these behavior patterns are established, they tend to continue over time. The findings support the need for prevention and early intervention programs for juvenile detainees. 4 figures, 2 tables, and 53 references
Main Term(s): Child abuse as delinquency factor
Index Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile drug use; Longitudinal studies; Parent-Child Relations; Underage Drinking
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