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Parental Bonding and Its Effect on Adolescent Substance Use and Sexual Debut


concerning this article should be addressed to Andrew P. Daire, Department of Educational and Human Sciences, University of Central Florida, PO Box 161250, Orlando, FL 32816-1250 (e-mail:


The purpose of this study was to examine associations among parental bonding factors and the early onset of sexual behaviors and substance use. Significant differences were found in the levels of care among the parental status groups and among the ages of onset for alcohol use.