School Experience and Adolescent Substance Abuse

Cynthia Robbins, Principal Investigator

Initiated: 1992

Funding Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Project Summary:

This project sought to understand the relationship between adolescent substance abuse and school experiences among two cohorts of adolescents in Lexington, Kentucky. The study examined the role of the social bond theory of delinquency, substance abuse, and problem behavior in school. The research explored whether educational stratification of students via grading, tracking, promotion and retention, or placement in magnet or alternative schools influences or is influenced by student substance abuse. The project compared the relative influence of family, peers and schools in promoting or preventing adolescent substance abuse.

Select Publications:

Robbins, Cynthia A. and Steven S. Martin. 1995. “Gender Styles of Deviance, and Drinking Problems.” Journal of Health and Social Behavior 34: 302-321.

Martin, Steven S. and Cynthia Robbins. 1995. “Personality, Social Control and Drug Use in Early Adolescence.” In Longitudinal Studies of Drugs, Crime and Other Deviant Adaptations, edited by Howard B. Kaplan. New York: Plenum.

Nielsen, Amie L. 1999. “Testing Sampson and Laub’s Life Course Theory: Age, Race/Ethnicity, and Drunkenness.” Deviant Behavior 20: 129-150.