Date of Award
M.C.J. in Criminal Justice
University of Mississippi
Adolescents endure various stressors throughout their lives, making them one of the most vulnerable populations in the United States. Among those life stressors are physical health issues, including physical illness and disabilities. Physical health challenges may serve as a strain that fosters deviant behavior, such as underage drinking. However, prior research has failed to investigate this relationship. The current study uses publicly available data from the National Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) to examine the impact of physical health challenges on underage drinking.
Gilbreath, Shelby, "Adolescent Health and Maladaptive Coping: Assessing the Relationship Between Poor Physical Health and Underage Drinking" (2023). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2505.
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