Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA
The Effect of Perceived Parental Style on Hispanic Adults Receiving Outpatient Substance Abuse Treatment in South Texas
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Dr. Irmo Marini
Dr. Ralph Carlson
Dr. Noreen Graf
Hirschi's (1969) Social Control Theory proposes that parental relationships serve as a shielding factor and has positive impact in the decreasing delinquency (i.e. substance use/abuse) in young people. This theory provides a framework for understanding substance use/abuse in young adult populations. Other factors including gender, cultural influences, family composition and birth order were also examined in this study. The Drug Abuse Screening Test - 20 (Skinner, 1982), the Parental Authority Questionnaire (Buri, 1991), and a demographic scale were utilized in a population of 182 adults in outpatient substance abuse treatment centers in South Texas, Texas Gulf Coast and areas in the south-central part of Texas to examine the relationship between substance abuse, gender, birth order, family composition and perceived parenting style. Results suggested correlations between substance abuse and gender (r=.061), birth order (r=.053), perceived parenting style for both parents (mother, r=-.004; father r=.083) and family composition (r=-.010) at the p<.05 level. A multiple linear regression showed R 2=. 051, adjusted R 2=-.024, F(5,176)=1.894, p=.098, indicating no significant findings. Implications for further research are included regarding substance abuse prevention programs.
University of Texas-Pan American
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