Substance Use as a Factor in Serious and Violent Offending

Helene Raskin White, Rutgers University
Magda Stouthamer-Loeber, University of Pittsburgh
Rolf Loeber, University of Pittsburgh
David P. Farrington, University of Cambridge

Many studies have shown an association between juveniles' substance use, particularly alcohol, and their delinquent offending. It remains to be seen, however, to what extent juveniles' delinquency is preceded and activated by the consumption of substances immediately prior to the commission of delinquent acts. It is also unclear whether such assoication is already apparent at a young age, and whether the association particularly applies to serious and violent acts. The paper addresses these issues through analyses of the youngest and oldest samples in the Pittsburgh Youth Study.

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