MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Jennifer Pealer, Dustin Osborne
Juvenile misuse of prescription drugs in the United States has continuously increased over the last few decades, especially within rural regions of the country. Despite continuous increase in rates of misuse, limited research exists on elements of socialization that may function to prevent drug use. The current study utilized the Monitoring the Future Survey data to explore prescription drug misuse between different populations of juveniles. While using Hirschi’s (1969) theory of social bonds as a theoretical framework, different elements of socialization were explored to determine whether they work to contribute or prevent prescription drug misuse among rural and urban juveniles. Results indicated that parental attachment served as the most substantial protective factor among both populations of juveniles. Additionally, socialization differed in relation to prescription drug use among rural and urban youth. These findings could be implicated in future anti-drug programs that specifically target different regions of the country.
Thesis - Open Access
Smith, Gabriela, "Differences in Socialization Factors in Relation to Prescription Drug Misuse Between Rural and Urban Juveniles" (2019). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3659. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/3659
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