Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2015

Document Type

Thesis

Type of Thesis

Departmental Honors

Department

Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Angela Bryan

Second Advisor

Dr. Joanna Arch

Third Advisor

Dr. Rolf Norgaard

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Natalie Smutzler

Abstract

The use of alcohol and marijuana are associated with increased sexual risk behaviors such as earlier sexual debut, greater number sexual partners, and inconsistent condom use among juvenile-justice involved adolescents. Studies on parental monitoring and supervision have shown a strong influence of living situation on these behaviors in the general population, but lack research within a juvenile-justice involved population. The current study examines the impact of living situation on several risk behaviors among a juvenile-justice involved cohort while examining race/ethnicity and gender as moderators. 460 adolescents in a juvenile detention center completed self-report questionnaires. Effects of living situation were found to be stronger among female and Hispanic adolescents. No effects were found between the relationship of living situation and alcohol use, marijuana use, or condom use. The study provides evidence that differing levels of parents in the home may influence risk behaviors in a juvenile-justice involved population, but needs to be examined in greater detail.

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