Family structure, family processes, and experimenting with substances during adolescence

  • Turner R
  • Irwin C
  • Millstein S
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Examined 2 family process variables posited to mediate the relationship between family structure and substance use. Ss were 124 middle school and high school volunteers (aged 12–17 yrs) from 2 types of family structure. 41% were from mother-only families while the rest were from 2-biological-parent families. They were interviewed about their use of different substances, such as cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana, and other drugs, and completed an emotional detachment scale, and a parental limit-setting scale. Emotional detachment was predictive of adolescents' experimenting with substances beyond the effects of sociodemographic variables. Family structure also was predictive of experimentation even when sociodemographic and family process measures were controlled with adolescents from single-parent homes being more at risk. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)

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  • Rebecca A Turner

  • Charles E Irwin

  • Susan G Millstein

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