Utilizing a Qualitative and Quantitative Approach to Examine Substance Use and Parental Communication among African American Youth


Objective: The present study examined the communication patterns between children and parents regarding substance use and abuse issues. Method: The participants for the study were 111 youth and young adults (59.8% female/40.2% male). The youth were between the ages of 13 - 18. Results: Findings from the study supported the hypothesis. Results demonstrated that higher family cohesion suggested lower drug use. However, findings also identified a potential gap in the communication process among parents and youth. The majority of the youth from the qualitative analysis who admitted to using drugs stated that their parents usually say, “Do not use drugs.” However, their parents “have never provided open discussions about drugs.” Conclusion: This project expands our knowledge on parental communication and drug use among youth. A continuation of this research would assist with providing a deeper understanding of the parent-child relationship and drug use and abuse among African American youth.

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Boyd, K. , Perkins, P. , Greenberg, B. & Stevens, L. (2014). Utilizing a Qualitative and Quantitative Approach to Examine Substance Use and Parental Communication among African American Youth. Psychology, 5, 1743-1749. doi: 10.4236/psych.2014.515181.

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