This study will examine how a juvenile's personal, negative experiences have influenced him or her to partake in substance abuse. It will also examine the gender differences among the relationship between negative experiences and adolescent substance use. Using Gendered General Strain Theory, the thesis will explain the gendered reasons why juveniles experiencing negative stimuli partake in substance abuse. Strain Theory argues that individuals become innovative to cope with excessive amounts of strain, while Gendered General Strain Theory states that females are more likely to cope with strain by abusing drugs than are males. For the purpose of this study, negative experiences, such as being bullied, being threatened with a weapon, being physically hurt, and being forced to perform sexual acts, will be the independent variables. These independent variables will be analyzed to determine in what relationship they have with gendered coping strategies. In order to perform this study, the researcher will use the Centers for Disease Control's 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (N=13,583) dataset.
|Commitee:||Evans, Rhonda, Robertson, Ray Von|
|School:||University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||MAI 54/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Public health, Developmental psychology, Clinical psychology, Criminology|
|Keywords:||Adolescents, Drug use, Drugs, Juveniles, Negative experiences|
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