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Journal of Bioeconomics

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 269-282

First online:

The Impact of Families on Juvenile Substance Use

  • Catalina Amuedo-DorantesAffiliated withDepartment of Economics, San Diego State University
  • , Traci MachAffiliated withDepartment of Economics, San Diego State University

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Abstract

This paper examines the effect of family composition on juvenile substance use and drug sales using data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth 1997. The results underscore the importance of having a father figure in the household in deterring juvenile smoking, marijuana use, and drug sale. However, the extent to which father figures affect juvenile substance use and drug sales varies according to their biological link to the youth and the youth's gender. Results further indicate that siblings and their involvement in substance use and drug sales significantly influence youths' own exposure to these delinquent practices.

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