In the present study we examined the relationships between key parenting variables and adolescent substance use aggression and delinquency among urban minority youth living in two parent versus single parent 1 family structures in addition to examining possible interactions among family structure and parenting in the prediction of . Substance use among american adolescents has remained at alarmingly high levels across the last several decades johnston omalley bachman 1998epidemiological research indicates that after years of general decline use of alcohol nicotine marijuana and other drugs by teens escalated around 1990 and has yet to resume a significant downward trend mcmahon luthar in press. Around one in six urban adolescents have had some involvement in drug dealing with rates even higher for african american males over 16 for inner city teenagers there are a range of problems associated with drug dealing including juvenile arrest involvement in violence as victims and perpetrators substance abuse behavioral and . Parenting practices as predictors of substance use delinquency and aggression among urban minority youth moderating effects of family structure and gender. Serious delinquency and drug use are major problems in american society casual observation of city streets and daily newspapers attests to this delin quency and drug use however are not new problems they have plagued soci eties throughout history in fact delinquency and drug use are among the most resistant forms of problem behavior we know
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