Examining Adolescent Cocaine Use With Social Learning and Self-Control Theories

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Cathy Marcum, Associate Professor and Curriculum Coordinator (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
Web Site: https://library.appstate.edu/

Abstract: An estimated 1.6 million adolescents use cocaine on a regular basis. Social learning theory and self-control theory are regularly used to explain adolescent substance use, but few studies have examined Hirschi’s (2004) revised self-control theory. This study examines the efficacy of these three theories in explaining adolescent cocaine use using data from the 2011 Monitoring the Future survey. The study finds that Hirschi’s (2004) revised theory and peer hard drug use predicted the probability of adolescent cocaine use in the previous 30 days. When examining cocaine use in the prior year, all three theoretical perspectives were significant predictor of cocaine use. The implications of the findings are discussed.

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Catherine D. Marcum, Brian P. Schaefer, Anthony G. Vito, George E. Higgins& Melissa L. Ricketts (2015) " Examining Adolescent Cocaine Use With Social Learning and Self-Control Theories" Deviant Behavior 36:10 pp. 823-833 (ISSN: 0163-9625)[DOI: 10.1080/01639625.2014.977178] Version of Record Available @ (http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/udbh20)
Language: English
Date: 2015
cocaine, Adolescent substance abuse, Social learning, self-control Theories

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