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Title: Impact of Age of Onset of Substance Use on Delinquency
Journal: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency  Volume:34  Issue:2  Dated:(May 1997)  Pages:253-268
Author(s): L Zhang; W F Wieczorek; J W Welte
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20892-9304
Grant Number: R01 AA08157; K02 AA00154
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A testable model was developed to examine the link between age of onset of substance use and juvenile delinquency; the model predicted the effect of early substance use on juvenile delinquency would be indirect through such mediating variables as continuing alcohol and drug use, association with delinquent peers, and involvement in deviant activities.
Abstract: Data for the study were obtained from the first wave of the Buffalo Longitudinal Survey of Young Men, a 5-year panel study of juvenile substance use and delinquency based on a random sample of 625 male youths from the Buffalo, New York, metropolitan area. Data generally supported the model and showed early substance use was significantly associated with continuing substance use, association with delinquent peers, and involvement in deviant activities. Substance use affected delinquency through intervening variables, but the mediating role of these variables differed. Association with peers and involvement in deviant activities significantly mediated the effect of early substance use on all kinds of delinquency, whereas continuing substance use had a modest mediating role in general and index delinquency. 40 references, 3 tables, and 4 figures
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency research
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile delinquents; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug use; Juvenile offenders; Longitudinal studies; New York; Peer influences on behavior; Underage Drinking
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