Date of Award

5-1-1995

Degree Type

Thesis

University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

School

School of Social Work

Degree Name

M.S.W.

First Advisor

Dr. Jerome Schiele

Abstract

This research study examined (1) the relationship between substance abuse and delinquency among African-American male adolescents and (2) self-esteem as a mediator of the relationship between substance abuse and delinquency among African-American male adolescents. Data from 30 African-American, state committed male adolescents were used in the study. A two part questionnaire was administered to examine the aforementioned variables by utilizing a cross-sectional survey design. The theoretical orientation used in this study was based on the cognitive-ecological theory. Results indicated no relationship between substance abuse and delinquency among African-American male adolescents. Importantly, the positive, moderate relationship between self-esteem and substance abuse suggests that greater attention to this relationship is needed. Implications of social work practice, at the micro and macro levels, were discussed.

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