A systematic review of the relationships between family functioning, pubertal timing and adolescent substance use
Article first published online: 3 JAN 2013
© 2012 The Authors, Addiction © 2012 Society for the Study of Addiction
Volume 108, Issue 3, pages 487–496, March 2013
How to Cite
Hummel, A., Shelton, K. H., Heron, J., Moore, L. and van den Bree, M. B. M. (2013), A systematic review of the relationships between family functioning, pubertal timing and adolescent substance use. Addiction, 108: 487–496. doi: 10.1111/add.12055
- Issue published online: 18 FEB 2013
- Article first published online: 3 JAN 2013
- Accepted manuscript online: 16 NOV 2012 05:46PM EST
- Manuscript Accepted: 2 NOV 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 3 AUG 2012
- Manuscript Received: 14 MAY 2012
- Centre for the Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer)
- British Heart Foundation
- Cancer Research UK
- Economic and Social Research Council. Grant Number: RES-590-28-0005
- Medical Research Council
- Welsh Assembly Government
- Wellcome Trust. Grant Number: WT087640MA
- alcohol use;
- cigarette use;
- family functioning;
- substance use
Experiences linked to poor family functioning and pubertal timing have each been associated with increased risk of substance misuse in adolescence. However, it remains unclear to what extent family functioning and pubertal timing combine to put adolescents at particular risk.
A systematic review was planned, undertaken and reported according to the 27 items of the PRISMA statement. Databases World of Knowledge, PsycINFO and PubMed were searched. Fifty-eight papers were retained and are discussed in this review after screening titles, abstracts and full papers against pre-established exclusion criteria.
The combination of off-time pubertal timing and poor parent–adolescent relationship quality has been related to higher levels of substance use. However, this is an under-studied area of research and the evidence is less strong for boys than girls.
Adolescents experiencing both poor parent–adolescent relationship quality and off-time pubertal timing may represent a high-risk group that can benefit from approaches aimed at reducing risk of substance misuse.