The Relationship Between Child Abuse and Adolescent Substance Use and Abuse

Erika A. Harrell, University of Delaware

The last few decades have seen increased research in the area of child abuse, its causes, and its consequences. Studies have emerged that have centered on how child victimization is connected to deviant behavior in juveniles or juvenile delinquency. Recently, there is literature coming forth about the effect of child abuse on a certrain type of delinquency: adolescent substance use and abuse. These studies usually do not consider all aspects of this relationship such as whether or not it varies across and within certain groups. Using the 1995 National Survey of Adolescents, this study will analyze the connection between child abuse and adolescent substance use and abuse within racial groups or across several race/gender combinations such as Black male and White female.

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Updated 05/20/2006