Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 128–143 | Cite as

The Effects of Family Type, Family Relationships and Parental Role Models on Delinquency and Alcohol Use Among Flemish Adolescents

  • Sofie VanasscheEmail author
  • An Katrien Sodermans
  • Koen Matthijs
  • Gray Swicegood
Original Paper


This study focused on the effects of family type, family relationships and socialization on alcohol consumption and delinquent behaviour among Flemish adolescents. Data came from the second round of the Leuven Adolescents and Families Study and were collected in 2010 by paper-and-pencil questionnaires in 10 different secondary schools (N = 1,688). The results show that children living in non-intact families are more likely to be delinquent and to drink alcohol at an age it is not legally allowed (below 16 years old). High delinquent behaviour is found among boys in single parent families and among girls in stepfamilies. For alcohol use the reverse is true. A good relationship with the same-sex parent is negatively associated with delinquency. High interparental conflict increases delinquency for boys and alcohol use for girls. Parental role models are highly important, since drinking behaviour of parents, and especially the same-sex parent, are positively associated with externalising problems of children.


Parental divorce Parent–child relationship Parental conflict Delinquent behaviour Alcohol consumption Role models Gender differences 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sofie Vanassche
    • 1
    Email author
  • An Katrien Sodermans
    • 1
  • Koen Matthijs
    • 1
  • Gray Swicegood
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Sociological ResearchKU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium
  2. 2.Department of SociologyUniversity of IllinoisUrbana-ChampaignUSA

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