ERIC Number: ED211903
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Natural-Family Interactions and Their Relationship to Drug Use and Delinquency.
Braukmann, Patrizia D.; And Others
Studies in group homes have shown that behaviors suggestive of a reinforcing relationship with an adult and of adult teaching are inversely related to self-reported delinquency among group home adolescents. Adolescents (N=29) living in natural family settings completed several self-report measures of delinquency and drug use to determine whether their perception that parents or peers disapproved of their drug use and delinquency would make them less likely to engage in such behaviors. Interactions between the boys and their parents were directly observed and rated for talk, proximity, social teaching, and negative interaction behavior. Results showed consistent, significant inverse relationships between parental use of teaching and most of the questionnaire measures of drug use and delinquency, with the implication that teaching may be an important parenting behavior linked to youth avoidance of delinquency and drug use. A positive and significant relationship also occurred between parental negative behaviors and youth delinquency and drug use. The findings suggest that perceived approval or disapproval by parents and peers is related to delinquency and drug use among adolescents. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (89th, Los Angeles, CA, August 24-26, 1981).