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Differential association and marijuana use in a juvenile drug court sample

Description: This paper examines the impact of one specific type of learning (differential association) on the marijuana use of juveniles who were participating in a drug court program. The subjects were youths from a rural community in Ohio. The data were taken from the Global Appraisal of Individual Needs (GAIN) (Dennis, 1999). The theoretical framework for this research was Sutherland's theory of differential association. The differential association model accounted for nearly 40% of the marijuana use of the youths in this sample. Two specific measures (the number of people a subject used drugs with and using drugs with a sexual partner) were significant predictors of marijuana use. Implications of this study for court programs and future research also are discussed.

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Gray, A. C., Durkin, K. F., Melton, W., Call, J. T., & Evans, H. J. (2015). Differential association and marijuana use in a juvenile drug court sample [Electronic Version]. Applied Psychology in Criminal Justice, 11(1), 1-8.

Keywords: differential association, substance abuse, Global Appraisal of Individual Needs, Reclaiming Futures, juvenile drug court

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