Luke Anthony Reiser, Zachary Peter Rocco


Presentation: 9:00-10:15, Kennedy Union Ballroom



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This study explores the impact of parental monitoring on adolescent substance abuse, which utilizes data from the Pathways to Desistance dataset. This dataset includes juveniles in the criminal justice system. This study, which included a sample of 1,354 male and female adolescents aged between 14 and 18 found guilty of offenses, aimed to seek out a relationship between parental monitoring, knowledge, and the prevalence of substance abuse among adolescents. Findings from our regression analysis show that while parental monitoring did not show a significant direct correlation with drug use, parental knowledge did show a consistent negative relationship with both drug and alcohol use among adolescents. Indicating that increased parental knowledge significantly reduced the likelihood of substance abuse among these adolescents. The study also highlights the roles of both mother warmth and hostility, excluding father warmth and hostility due to the high volume of missing data. The findings particularly noted that higher levels of mother hostility were significantly associated with an increased chance for drug use. Alternatively, the study found a negative association between parental monitoring and adolescent alcohol use, which suggests that more involved and knowledgeable parenting could reduce the likelihood of alcohol consumption.

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Capstone Project

Primary Advisor

Mark A. Morgan

Primary Advisor's Department

Criminal Justice and Security Studies


Stander Symposium, College of Arts and Sciences

The Effect of Parental Monitoring on Adolescent Substance Abuse