Examining Parental Monitoring as a Pathway From Community Violence Exposure to Drug Use, Risky Sex, and Recidivism Among Detained Youth

Dexter R. Voisin, Kevin Tan, Anjanette Chan Tack, Devon Wade, Ralph DiClemente

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Abstract

This study examined whether parental monitoring mediated the relationship between community violence exposure and a spectrum of behaviors such as recidivism, risky sex, and drug use among youth with a history of being detained. It also explored whether risk pathways differed by gender. Adolescents (n = 550) who were detained or previously detained were recruited from eight regional detention facilities in Georgia. Audio computer-assisted self-interviewing technology was used to assess demographic factors (i.e., age, race, and socioeconomic status), risky sex, drug use, and recidivism prior to being detained. Major findings indicated direct relationships between community violence exposures and risky sex and drug use in the 2 months prior to being detained. Findings also indicated that parental monitoring mediated these relationships for both adolescent males and females. These findings document that parental monitoring is an important element even for troubled youth across a broad spectrum of risk factors. Consequently, it is recommended that intervention programs examine the differential effects of monitoring behaviors by a variety of groups such as parental figures, teachers, and peer mentors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)699-711
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Social Service Research
Volume38
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2012

Keywords

  • Parental monitoring
  • detained youth
  • drug use
  • protective
  • risky sex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science

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