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NCJ Number: 186610 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Family Structure Versus Family Relationships for Predicting to Substance Use/Abuse and Illegal Behavior
Journal: Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse  Volume:10  Issue:1  Dated:2000  Pages:1-16
Author(s): Alfred S. Friedman Ph.D.; Arlene Terras Ph.D.; Kimberly Glassman B.A.
Editor(s): Vincent B. Van Hasselt Ph.D.; Brad Donohue Ph.D.
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20857
Grant Number: 5-HD1-SP06568
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A sample of court-adjudicated, inner city, low socioeconomic status, black adolescent males (n=326) remanded by the Family Court of Philadelphia was studied to determine the degree to which family structure versus the nature of family relationships predicted involvement in substance use and illegal behavior.
Abstract: The primary data collection instrument was the Adolescent Drug Abuse Diagnosis instrument, a 150-item survey with a structured interview format and modeled after the Addiction Severity Index. Predictor variables included six measures of family structure: subject lived with both natural parents, subject lived with biological mother and stepfather, subject lived with mother only, subject lived with biological father and stepmother, subject lived with biological father only, and subject lived with relatives or foster parents. There were 33 variables related to family relationships and family functioning. Of the 33 family relationship variables, 3 predicted at the 0.01 level of significance to the degree of recent substance use and 2 predicted to the recent frequency of drug trafficking. If the subject considered his mother to have an alcohol problem, this was found to be the strongest single predictor in the degree of the son's substance abuse. 21 references and 2 tables
Main Term(s): Parent-Child Relations
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Home environment; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prediction; Juvenile delinquency research; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug use; Male juvenile delinquents; Minority juvenile offenders; Pennsylvania; Underage Drinking
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