Three Dimensions of Youth Social Capital and Their Impacts on Substance Use
Abbreviated Journal Title
J. Child Adolesc. Subst. Abus.
family attachment; peer influence; social capital; substance use; youth; activity; ADOLESCENT CIGARETTE-SMOKING; EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES; NETWORK; HEALTH; SCHOOLS; FAMILY; PEERS; ASSOCIATION; INVOLVEMENT; BEHAVIORS; Substance Abuse
Substance use is a threat to the health and well-being of youths, their families, and society as well. The literature shows that social interactions with peers, parents, and community may have an impact on adolescents' behavior. Using data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health of 2007, this study investigated the impact of social capital on youth behavior. The results show that peer influence is the strongest among the three significant predictors of substance use. While peer influence is positively correlated with substance use, family attachment and youth activities have a negative relationship with substance use. Findings demonstrate that there is a relationship between youth substance use and different aspects of social capital. By integrating different perspectives in social capital and substance use, this study successfully demonstrates how social capital can be utilized as a policy and intervention tool.
Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse
"Three Dimensions of Youth Social Capital and Their Impacts on Substance Use" (2014). Faculty Bibliography 2010s. 6200.