Risk and protective factors for children's substance use and antisocial behavior following parental divorce

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1998 Jan;68(1):154-61. doi: 10.1037/h0080281.


Social networks and personal resources were examined as risk or protective factors for substance use and antisocial behavior in children five years after parental divorce. Children of divorce reported significantly more substance-using friends and less use of coping and social skills than children whose parents had not divorced. Findings suggest the importance of focusing on substance use as well as mental health outcomes in preventive interventions for children of divorce.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Adolescent
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Divorce* / psychology
  • Divorce* / statistics & numerical data
  • Family Health* / ethnology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Regression Analysis
  • Risk Factors
  • Social Adjustment
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Southeastern United States / epidemiology
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology*