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NCJ Number: 200776 Find in a Library
Title: Broken Home or Drug Using Peers: Significant Relations?
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Volume:32  Issue:2  Dated:Spring 2002  Pages:467-490
Author(s): Stephan Quensel; Paul McArdle; Aoife Brinkley; Auke Wiegersma
Date Published: 2002
Page Count: 24
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses the relationship among family structure, drug using peers, and forms of deviant behavior.
Abstract: In order to associate potential juvenile delinquency with the postmodern dissolution of the traditional nuclear family, the authors administered a survey of 3,386 school aged youths living in 5 European cities in Ireland, Germany, and the Netherlands. The authors assessed the family backgrounds of these youths classifying the families as broken homes, intact families, single mother households, dual career households, or model families. After discussing the drug-using peer group, in conjunction with family make-up, as a way in which future juvenile delinquency may be examined and tested, the authors present the results of their survey. They found low, significant correlations between the type of family model and five forms of deviant behavior including tobacco smoking, cannabis use, delinquency, general drug use, and a composite risk behavior scale. The authors also found that there were differences in drug use, deviance, and risk taking behavior, as they are related to family structure, when one compares the youths across the different cities. The authors suggest that this difference is associated with cultural meanings involving family, gender roles, peer group relationships, and risk behavior. Tables, notes, references
Main Term(s): Family structure; Juvenile delinquency; Peer influences on behavior
Index Term(s): Germany; Ireland; Juvenile delinquent family relations; Netherlands; Parent-Child Relations
Note: Special Issue: Confronting the Prohibition Model: German Drug Policy in the 21st Century, see NCJ 200770-775, and NCJ-200777-786
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