Socioeconomic status and substance use behaviors in adolescents: The role of family resources versus family social status

Margaret D. Hanson*, Edith Chen

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Abstract

The aims of this study were to test the associations among socio-economic status (SES) and substance use in adolescents, and to compare the relative strength of associations for different types of SES markers, including financial resources and family social status. A total of 113 teenagers reported their substance use, and parents reported family SES. High SES teens were more likely to use substances than low SES teens. Family financial resources were a stronger predictor of substance use than family status. Programs aimed at reducing teen substance use should be aware of these risk factors when developing substance use interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-35
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007

Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Socioeconomic status
  • Substance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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