Date of Award

5-2010

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Social Welfare

First Advisor

Barry Loneck

Abstract

This study seeks to evaluate the relationship between monitoring and adolescent deviant behaviors, with a specific focus on adolescent alcohol use. It is hypothesized that when community safety and support are low; after-school programming will serve as a protective factor and lower levels of alcohol use will be reported. Data were collected on a sample of 373 using the Student Success Profile. Because research shows that adolescent-report of friend behaviors is actually more reflective of their own behaviors (adolescents project their beliefs about own behaviors onto their peers), this study used adolescent-report on peer behaviors as an indicator of self-use. This study seeks to determine whether adolescent alcohol use is impacted by adolescents’ participation in after-school programming and their perceived level of neighborhood safety and support.

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