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Psychosocial Intervention

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SANCHEZ-SOSA, Juan Carlos et al. Socialization contexts and illegal drug use among schooled adolescents. Psychosocial Intervention [online]. 2014, vol.23, n.1, pp.69-78. ISSN 2173-4712.

The aim of this study was to test an explanatory model about illegal drug use among schooled adolescents. Different types of variables were used, including personal variables (academic self-esteem, social self-esteem and depressive symptoms), family variables (family functioning, father-mother communication), school variables (academic expectations), and social variables (community integration and participation). A sample of 1,285 adolescents, both males and females, aged between 12 and 20 years old, from four different schools in Monterrey, Mexico, was used. A structural equation model was used, explaining 20% of variance. The moderating effect of gender was explored. Results show a significant positive relationship between community context and illegal drugs use, mediated by social self-esteem only for boys. Likewise, a positive indirect relationship was found between the family context and drug use, mediated by social self-esteem, school self-esteem and academic expectations. Moreover, the family context showed a negative relationship with depressive symptoms, which in turn were related to drug use.

Keywords : Socialization; Drug use; Adolescents; School; Community.

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