ERIC Number: EJ768673
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Reference Count: 59
Childhood Family, Ethnicity, and Drug Use over the Life Course
Cubbins, Lisa A.; Klepinger, Daniel H.
Journal of Marriage and Family, v69 n3 p810-830 Aug 2007
Using multiply imputed data from 5 waves of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (N = 8,294), we investigated whether childhood family characteristics and childhood religious affiliation explain ethnic differences in marijuana and cocaine use in the last year. None of the childhood factors explained ethnic differences in drug use, though ethnicity and several childhood factors had age-specific effects. Over the life course from young adulthood to middle age, ethnic differences in drug use changed and the effect of childhood religious affiliation declined. Having a more intellectually rich family in childhood increased the risk of drug use at younger ages but reduced it at older ages. The study demonstrates the significance of childhood family experiences for understanding adult drug use.
Descriptors: Family Characteristics, Religious Cultural Groups, Ethnicity, Children, Marijuana, Cocaine, Drug Use, Family Influence, Age Differences, National Surveys, Longitudinal Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Survey of Youth