Time After Divorce, Family Structure, and Delinquency

Tracey Kyckelhahn, University of Texas - Austin

Past studies have looked at divorce and delinquency and drug use among adolescents. However, few of these studies have looked at the timing of delinquency and drug use compared to the timing of the divorce of an adolescent's parents. In addition, few studies have gone into detail in distinguishing different types of "boken homes." This paper will use the 1997 and 1998 National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and will use hierarchical linear modeling to examine the relationship between time of divorce and amount of delinquency and drug use, and the effects of various family structures on delinquency and drug use.

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