ERIC Number: ED312367
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Patterns of Substance Use and Delinquency among Inner City Adolescents.
Brounstein, Paul J.
This document comprises a study of how inner city adolescent males who used and/or sold drugs or had been involved in other criminal activities differed from those who had not, in order to design prevention and treatment programs and policies. The study sample consisted of 387 minority male youth (96 percent Black; 4 percent Hispanic) of ninth and tenth grade age who lived in economically distressed neighborhoods of the District of Columbia. Surveys were administered in person by minority interviewers in 1988. The following findings are discussed: (1) 20 percent reported involvement in drug use and/or sales in the past year; (2) 50 percent of the respondents committed a crime, other than the use and sale of drugs, in the past year; (3) both drug use and criminal activity were significantly related to peer, school, home, and personality factors; and (4) less than half of the respondents (40 percent) reported having received substance abuse information as part of their regular classroom activities, despite the fact that such information is included in mandatory health education classes. Based on these findings, drug intervention programs should be targeted for the following distinct categories of youth: (1) those who used but did not sell drugs; (2) those who sold but did not use drugs; (3) those who both used and sold drugs; and (4) those who neither used nor sold drugs. Programs should also be conducted on a multifaceted front involving the school, the home, the mass media, and the community. A list of 74 references is included. The appendices comprise the following materials: (1) a copy of the interview questionnaire; (2) a table referencing questionnaire contents to sources; and (3) a discussion of statistical comparisons used in the report. (FMW)
Descriptors: Black Youth, Crime, Drug Education, Hispanic Americans, Illegal Drug Use, Individual Characteristics, Males, Minority Group Children, Prevention, Questionnaires, Urban Areas, Urban Youth
The Urban Institute, 2100 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20037.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. National Inst. of Justice.; Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Authoring Institution: Urban Inst., Washington, DC.
Identifiers - Location: District of Columbia