Date of Award

Spring 2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Sociology & Criminal Justice


Applied Sociology

Committee Director

Scott R. Maggard

Committee Member

Bradley T. Brick

Committee Member

Ruth Triplett

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.S62 D36 2011


This study examines the relationship between witnessing violence in the home and juvenile substance use. Data was used from an existing study and variables were recoded to be of best use for this particular work. This study found that witnessing acts of violence can lead a juvenile into drug use, but other factors are more likely to have influenced this behavior. The study shows that family and peer use of drugs is a major predictor for juvenile substance use and has a bigger influence on the juvenile's life than witnessing violence. No significant impact on drug use was found between socio-economic status or gender when controlling for violence and peer influence. These findings imply that some juvenile substance use can be traced back to witnessing acts of violence and that family factors play a vital role in keeping the juvenile away from drug use.


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