Paternal, perceived maternal, and youth risk factors as predictors of youth stage of substance use: A longitudinal study

Felipe Castro, Judith S. Brook, David W. Brook, Elizabeth Rubenstone

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Abstract

This longitudinal study examined paternal, perceived maternal, and youth risk factors at Time 1 (T1) (e.g., substance use, violent victimization, parental rules) as predictors of the stage of substance use in the adolescent child at Time 2 (T2). Participants (N = 296) consisted of drug-abusing fathers and one of their adolescent children, aged 12 to 20 years. Fathers and youths were each administered structured interviews separately and in private. Adolescents were re-interviewed approximately one year later. Pearson correlation analyses showed that the paternal, perceived maternal, and youth risk factors were significantly related to adolescent stage of substance use at T2. With an increase in risk factors, there was an increase in T2 stage of substance use in the child. Findings imply that father-oriented treatment programs should focus on how paternal behaviors, such as illegal drug use, inadequate parenting skills, and a poor father-child relationship contribute to youth problem behaviors, including alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-75
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Addictive Diseases
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 14 2006

Keywords

  • Father-youth relationship
  • Parental drug use
  • Stage of substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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