Date Approved

5-2-2007

Embargo Period

3-30-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. in School Psychology

Department

Educational Services and Leadership

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Epifanio, Frank

Second Advisor

Dihoff, Roberta

Subject(s)

Drug abusers--Family relationships; Substance abuse

Disciplines

Educational Psychology

Abstract

An investigation was conducted examining the relationship between memories of family dynamics during the participants' adolescent years and substance use during their young adulthood. To carry out this research, a sample of 118 participants (72 women and 46 men) was recruited from a small public university in southern New Jersey. Participants were required to fill-out surveys assessing their memories of their families' patterns of interpersonal interactions and substance use. The statistical analysis of the data collected through the experimental procedures revealed several significant findings. Specifically, significant negative correlations were found between quality or frequency of health family dynamics and substance use. The findings are discussed in the context of the research presented in the review of literature. Finally, the limitations of the study and directions for future research are discussed.

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