Using waves two and three of the National Survey of Adolescent Males (1990 and 1995) I examine the effects of marriage, paternity and father involvement on the use of drugs and alcohol by young men. Despite the importance of fatherhood as an adult role, I argue that commitment to the role of fatherhood and not paternity itself is what alters behavior. I hypothesize that young men who assume responsibility for fathering their children are more likely to reduce their drug and alcohol use over time than young men who father children but do not assume the role of parent. Results show that the assumption of adult roles and father involvement affect drug and alcohol use differently. Paternity is found to deter alcohol use independent of marriage, while marriage reduces illicit drug use. Closer examination of paternity and alcohol use supports my hypothesis that father involvement is associated with decreased alcohol use. Young men residing with their children were also more likely to smoke infrequently than non-resident uninvolved fathers.
College and Department
Family, Home, and Social Sciences; Sociology
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Jarvis, Jonathan A., "IS THE PARTY OVER? Unmarried Fatherhood and Drug and Alcohol Use" (2005). Theses and Dissertations. 589.
Father Involvement, Drug and Alcohol Use, Young Adults, Adult Roles, Unmarried Fathers