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Title: A family systems perspective on teenage cannabis use
Author: Cole , Claire
ISNI:       0000 0004 6425 0594
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2017
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The purpose of this thesis was to examine the influence on teenage cannabis use from a family systems perspective. Conceptually and methodologically, this research sought to move away from the traditional social science perspective of measuring individuals, instead conceptualising and measuring family relationships at the family level and embracing the interdependence amongst family members. Secondary analysis of two Northern Irish studies, the Belfast Youth Development Study (BYDS) and the BYDS Family Survey was conducted. In total 725 families are represented in this study, which included index children (n = 676), mothers (n = 680), fathers (n = 417) and older siblings (n = 211). Analysis was conducted using dyadic techniques and family level measures of family subsystems were developed. Logistic regression was employed to examine the influence of family subsystems on teenage cannabis use in the previous year at age 15/16. This study demonstrated the dynamic interplay between family members, and how this impacts teenage drug use. Communication issues within the parent-child subsystem were highlighted as the most important factors associated with teenage cannabis use. Child secrecy, parental questioning and parent-child conflict all increased the likelihood of teenage cannabis use. Parents, however, were shown to be adept at protecting their children from any negative effects of problems or issues within the parent-parent subsystem. This study has added to the field of sociological family research by highlighting the complexity of studying the family and developing reliable family level measures. The dyadic analysis embraced family nonindependence and demonstrated that influence between family members is not always mutual. Overall, the results show that the parent-child subsystem exerts the most familial influence on teenage cannabis use.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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