Korean Adolescent Alcohol Drinking: A Test of Three Theories of Deviant Behavior

Gang Lee, University of Texas at El Paso

Social learning, social control and strain theory are tested with survey data on Korean adolescent alcohol use. The study was a self-report questionnaire survey of a sample of 2,700 high school seniors in Seoul, Incheon and Junju in 1992. Even in Korean society, social learning theory is strongly supported as an explanation for adolescent alcohol use. Social control theory receives some support, and strain theory receives little support. Compare with previous study (Akers and Cochran, 1985), the measures of family (parents) influence in both social learning theory and social control theory remain strongly to explain the Korean adolescent alcohol drinking. The social processes of drinking alcohol among adolescents are somewhat culture bound.

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