Drug Use and Delinquency Response
Adolescents may try drugs just to experiment or by feeling pressured into trying the drug by other family members or friends. Drug use among adolescences may lead to delinquency for the fact that an adolescents’ behavior most likely started before the start of drugs or alcohol. I will give a brief explanation on reasons for delinquency and drug use starting with reasons adolescents may start using drugs or alcohol and then describe how drug use may relate to delinquency. According to studies adolescents who experienced substance abuse gave several reasons in why they turned to drugs or alcohol such as “my friends pressured me” or “I wanted to feel good and get high,” “to have a good time with friends,” or to “escape from my problems” (Titus, Godley & White 2006, p33.). Adolescents may also be influenced by other negative events that may be happening in the adolescent’s life. Research typically shows the reasons related to starting drugs or alcohol is peer-social behavior, dealing with negative conditions or feelings, or achieving a satisfying state (Titus, Godley & White, 2006). Studies reveal positive and negative emotions in the understanding of deviant behavior in youths’. Most teenagers generally use drugs for gratification however the adolescents who may become addicted say they are unhappy with past decisions or current situations (Brunelle, Cousineau, & Brochu, (2005). There could be many factors in how drug use becomes related to delinquency for example by having family conflict inside the house it could lead to an adolescences delinquency such as damaging property or the start of substance abuse. Research shows adolescents with less supervision and monitoring, more family conflict, and weak parent/child attachment most likely is at more risk in delinquency and drug use (Fagan, Van Horn, Antaramian & Hawkins 2011).
Brunelle, N., Cousineau, M., & Brochu, S. (2005). Juvenile Drug Use and Delinquency:...
References: Brunelle, N., Cousineau, M., & Brochu, S. (2005). Juvenile Drug Use and Delinquency: Youths ' Accounts of Their Trajectories. Substance Use & Misuse, 40(5), 721-734. doi:10.1081/JA-200055404
Fagan A., Van Horn L., Antaramian S., Hawkins. D. (2011): Youth Violence and Juvenile Justice
Titus J.C, Godley S. H., & White, M.K. (2006): A Post- Treatment Examination of Adolescents’ Reasons for Starting, Quitting, and Continuing the Use of Drugs and Alcohol. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 16 (2), 31-49
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