TITLE

Family Structure and Substance Use Among American Indian Youth: A Preliminary Study

AUTHOR(S)
Lonczak, Heather S.; Donovan, Dennis M.; Fernandez, Anne; Marlatt, G. Alan; Austin, Lisette
PUB. DATE
March 2007
SOURCE
Families, Systems & Health: The Journal of Collaborative Family ;Mar2007, Vol. 25 Issue 1, p10
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This study examines relationships between both family structure and living with extended family, and substance use among 97 American Indian/Alaska Native (Al/AN) adolescents. Findings demonstrate an increased likelihood of alcohol initiation and regular tobacco use among those in single-parent versus original two-parent homes; and an increased likelihood of marijuana initiation among those in both single parent and nonparent family member homes versus original two-parent homes. The significant link between residing in a single- parent versus an original two-parent home and alcohol and marijuana initiation remained after controlling for parenting practices. There was also a positive association between cohabiting extended family and youth tobacco initiation. It is suggested that living in an original two-parent home may be an important protective mechanism among this group of Al/AN youth. Findings pertaining to extended family and tobacco initiation also suggest that a closer look at cohabiting kinships and youth substance behavior within Al/AN families is needed.
ACCESSION #
25291856

 

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