Violence-Related Behaviors Among Dominican Adolescents: Examining the Influence of Alcohol and Marijuana Use
This study identified the predictors of youth violence and violent victimization among a sample of Dominican adolescents (N=155) attending high school in a northeastern urban community. As part of a broader community-based needs assessment, students participated in an evaluation of a substance abuse prevention program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Correlations, principal components, multiple imputation, and stepwise regression analyses were systematically employed to develop a parsimonious model for predicting violence-related behaviors among Dominican youth. Findings suggest that early onset of alcohol and marijuana use was associated with an increased likelihood of engaging in violence-related behaviors or being the victim of a violent act. In addition, students who reported a lowered sense of safety were more likely to be involved in acts of violence. However, adolescents who reported depressive symptoms were less inclined to become involved in violence-related behaviors. Implications for culturally-tailored violence and substance abuse prevention programming efforts are discussed.
MSU Digital Commons Citation
Reid, Robert; Garcia-Reid, Pauline; Klein, Erika; and McDougall, Andrew, "Violence-Related Behaviors Among Dominican Adolescents: Examining the Influence of Alcohol and Marijuana Use" (2008). Department of Family Science and Human Development Scholarship and Creative Works. 199.