Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Do Negative Experiences Influence Substance Use in Adolescent Males and Females?
by Schlumbrecht, Caila E., M.S., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2015, 63; 1594213
Abstract (Summary)

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.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stearns, Ami
Commitee: Evans, Rhonda, Robertson, Ray Von
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Criminal Justice
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
Publication Number: 1594213
ISBN: 9781321910841
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