The Effects of Family Structure and Family Relations on Adolescent Marijuana Use
family structure, marijuana initiation, marijuana frequency, peer drug use, family relations
The role of family structure in adolescence has been linked to a host of problem behaviors, including marijuana use. This paper investigates the relationship between family structure and marijuana use, and elaborates previous research by 1) exploring several intervening mechanisms that affect the relationship, and 2) examining the effects of a variety of family forms. Analyses of data from the National Youth Survey (1977-79) indicate that 1) a parental divorce or living with a stepparent decreases family attachment among adolescents; 2) attenuated family attachment and involvement increase the likelihood of associating with drug-using peers; and 3) less family involvement and increased associations with drug-using peers increase the probability of initiating marijuana use and elevate frequency of use.
Original Publication Citation
Hoffmann, John P. 1995. “The Effects of Family Structure and Family Relations on Adolescent Marijuana Use.” The International Journal of the Addictions 30(10): 1207-1241.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Hoffmann, John P., "The Effects of Family Structure and Family Relations on Adolescent Marijuana Use" (1995). Faculty Publications. 4091.
International Journal of the Addictions
Family, Home, and Social Sciences
Copyright © 1995 by Marcel Dekker, Inc.
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