Gary Jensen is an associate professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology at the University of Arizona. He is currently working on an explanation of gender differences in deviance and assessing the adequacy of competing theories of social control.
Parents and Drugs
Specifying the Consequences of Attachment
Version of Record online: 7 MAR 2006
Volume 21, Issue 4, pages 543–554, November 1983
How to Cite
JENSEN, G. F. and BROWNFIELD, D. (1983), Parents and Drugs. Criminology, 21: 543–554. doi: 10.1111/j.1745-9125.1983.tb00279.x
AUTHORS' NOTE: This research is based on data gathered as part of a study on “Delinquency in a Middle-class High School,” National Institute of Mental Health (MH31541); Gary F. Jensen, principal investigator.
- Issue online: 7 MAR 2006
- Version of Record online: 7 MAR 2006
This article examines three hypotheses about the relationship between attachment to parents and children's drug use when parents are perceived by their children as having used drugs. Hirschi's hypothesis that attachment to parents inhibits delinquency regardless of parental behavior is rejected in favor of hypotheses that predict variation in that relationship. In contrast to attachment to straight parents, attachment to drug-using parents does not inhibit drug use significantly and there are occasional hints at reversals in the relationships.