The connection between heavy drinking and juvenile delinquency during adolescence
Abbreviated Journal Title
MULTISTAGE PATH MODELS; SOCIAL-CONTROL THEORY; DRUG-USE; SUBSTANCE USE; INTERACTIONAL THEORY; DEVELOPMENTAL ASSOCIATIONS; ALCOHOL-USE; CRIME; AGE; AGGRESSION; Sociology
The goal of this study was to examine the reciprocal relationship between alcohol use and delinquency. Beyond any direct effects, this study was also interested in possible indirect effects. In order to examine these indirect effects this study modeled social bonding as an intervening variable, connecting prior alcohol and delinquency to future alcohol and delinquency. With five waves of data from the National Youth Survey, this study used structural equation modeling to examine the research question. Findings indicate stability in both behaviors over time, as well as a reciprocal relationship between alcohol use and delinquency. This finding is, in part, due to the significant indirect connections via the social bond. Alcohol and delinquency weaken the social bond and promote continued involvement in both behaviors.
"The connection between heavy drinking and juvenile delinquency during adolescence" (2005). Faculty Bibliography 2000s. 5190.