The Effects of Parental School Exclusion on Offspring Drug Use: An Intergenerational Path Analysis

In a recent article written by PISC Past Trainee Beidi Dong, PhD, along with Marvin Krohn, MD, the two conducted path analysis to evaluate the adequacy of a theoretical model that explicates the intergenerational pathways from parental school exclusion to offspring drug use. Dong and Krohn found that parents who were suspended or expelled during adolescence are more likely to drop out of school, which, in turn, leads to parental adult drug use, economic hardship, and ineffective parenting of their children. As a result, their offspring are likely to hold attitudes/beliefs favoring drug use and have reduced bonding to school, which, ultimately, contribute to offspring drug use.

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