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NCJ Number: 118955 Find in a Library
Title: Substance Use and its Relationship to Antisocial and Delinquent Behavior in Young Boys
Author(s): W B Van Kammen; R Loeber; M Stouthamer-Loeber
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 43
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This survey on the causes and correlates of early forms of delinquency presents life-time and six-month prevalence of substance use by first, fourth, and seventh graders in a large metropolitan area.
Abstract: The sample was randomly selected from boys enrolled in public schools in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Smoking and alcohol consumption was surprisingly high even for first graders. The use of developmentally more advanced substances, such as marijuana, was associated with the use of substances that typically emerge earlier, such as beer. Significantly more of the multiple substance users in the first and fourth grade were already engaged in a variety of antisocial acts than were either single users or nonusers. The findings show that substance use, even at grade one and four, is an indicator of boys who commit a wide variety of antisocial acts. For the seventh graders, the use of marijuana was especially associated with the commission of more serious antisocial and delinquent acts. Multiple substance use reported by the seventh graders also signified a higher frequency and volume of use. 33 references, 5 tables, and appendix.
Main Term(s): Male juvenile delinquents
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquency prediction; Pennsylvania
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