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NCJ Number: 168643 Find in a Library
Title: Social Integration: Community Service and Marijuana Use in High School Seniors
Journal: Journal of Adolescent Research  Volume:12  Issue:2  Dated:April 1997  Pages:245-262
Author(s): J Youniss; M Yates; Y Su
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: William T. Grant Foundation
New York, NY 10022
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Reports of activities from 3,119 high school seniors were factor analyzed into dimensions that signified integration into school-based, adult-endorsed norms or engagement in peer fun activities that excluded adults to explore factors that differentiated between adolescents who did or did not participate in community service activities and to assess the extent of marijuana use.
Abstract: The study assumed the social integration of adolescents, in the sense of adult-endorsed peer activities, could be seen in their daily interactions. Participation in community service was one measure of social integration, and marijuana use was selected as a sign of an antisocial orientation. High school seniors were grouped into orientations toward school-adult norms but not peer fun, toward peer fun but not school-adult norms, toward both orientations, or toward neither orientation. School and all- around seniors were distinguishably high in community service, religion, and politics. Party seniors used marijuana more than did school seniors but not more than all-around seniors. Results for marijuana use were equally informative in their bearing on the concept of regulation. Adolescents who were integrated into normative society participated in adult-endorsed political and religious activities and also tended not to violate norms pertaining to marijuana use. The findings demonstrate important variations in high school senior integration into the part of peer culture that coincides with adult normative society. 31 references, 3 tables, and 2 figures
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency research
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug use; Marijuana; Peer influences on behavior; Social organization; Societal norms; Society-crime relationships; Students; Youth community involvement
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