A review of current research regarding adolescent alcohol and cigarette use and family structure was conducted. The current research states a higher likelihood of substance use in adolescents in non-traditional family structures. It is hypothesized in this study that non-traditional family structure will not have an effect on alcohol and/or cigarette use among adolescents but that there will be an association between the types of interactions between adolescents and their parent/s and alcohol and/or cigarette use. The study analyzed data from the Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of American Youth Study conducted in 2006. There was a significance found between familial fighting and if the adolescent had siblings or not and cigarette use. Overall, the study did not support the current research on the topic and found no significance between nontraditional family structure and adolescent alcohol and cigarette use. These findings are noteworthy and may provide a starting point for further research.
Antonia E. Krupicka, ’08 Niobrara, NE
Majors: Psychology, Sociology
Sponsor: Erin Davis