Perceived family relationships as a factor in drug use of adolescents



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This thesis examines family relationships as a causal variable in drug use of adolescents. The data was obtained from a questionnaire distributed to suburban high school students and some students who attended a suburban drug clinic. Differences were expected between the types of families of drug users and nonusers. Konusers were expected to see their families as being more warm, loving, interested, supporting, and accepting than were the users. They were expected to enjoy closer parent-child relationships and to see their parents as being more fair and just than were the users. They were expected to identify with their parents and to have accessible models to pattern themselves after more than were the users. All of the above hypotheses were supported in this thesis. Other studies which have linked family relationships to drug use or nonuse were again validated by this study, with limited exceptions.



Drug use, Adolescents