ERIC Number: ED182629
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug
Examining a Causal Model of Early Drug Involvement Among Inner City Junior High School Youths.
Dembo, Richard; And Others
Reflecting the need to construct more inclusive, socially and culturally relevant conceptions of drug use than currently exist, the determinants of drug involvement among inner-city youths within the context of a causal model were investigated. The drug involvement of the Black and Puerto Rican junior high school girls and boys was hypothesized to result from their home composition, assumed relationships with parents, attitudes toward school, machismo values, and identification with drug involved peers. Results showed few socialization-into-drug-use differences to exist between the Puerto Rican and Black youths. However, the girls' drug use was somewhat better explained by the intrapersonal and interpersonal socialization variables in the model than that of boys. At the same time, the socialization variables examined had limited predictive power in regard to the drug involvement of the four groups. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Conference of the American Sociological Association (1979). Best copy available.