Structural Predictors of Drug Use: A Test of Social Disorganization Theory on the Drug Use Patterns of an At-Risk Population

Jay T. Gilliam, University of Oklahoma
Kelly Damphousse, University of Oklahoma

The paper examines the salience of various structural variables as predictors of drug use in four urban communities within the United States. We incorporate data from the U.S. Census Bureau and data from the National Institute of Justice's Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring (ADAM) program to conduct this analysis. The paper offers an assessment of how useful the primary components of social disorganization theory account for individual drug use. More specifically, we measure how much variation of drug use can be explained when examining independent variables such as: socioeconomic status, family disruption, residential instability, and ethic heterogeneity.

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