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NCJ Number: 118953 Find in a Library
Title: Influence of Family Processes on the Initiation of Drug Use
Author(s): M D Krohn; T P Thornberry; S Stern
Corporate Author: Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Ctr
State University of New York at Albany
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 36
Sponsoring Agency: Hindelang Criminal Justice Research Ctr
Albany, NY 12222
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examines the effect of a number of dimensions of family relationships and parenting skills on adolescent drug use and delinquent behavior.
Abstract: This analysis is based on the 949 seventh and eighth grade students attending Rochester City (New York) schools during the 1987 - 1988 academic year who completed interviews along with one of their parents. This study posed two related questions; (1) are adolescent's and parent's perceptions of family interrelationships shared, and (2) are parental perceptions related to delinquent behavior and drug use differently than are adolescent perceptions? The results suggest that parents have a different perception of family life than adolescents, particularly on disciplinary practices. Also, the reports of adolescents explain more of the variance in drug use and delinquency than those of parents. Among the quality of family life measures included in the analysis, attachment is the most consistent and strongest predictor of delinquency and drug use. 26 references, 6 tables, and appendix.
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquent family relations
Index Term(s): Home environment; Juvenile drug abusers; New York
Note: Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, Washington, D.C., March, 1989.
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