Paternal Incarceration and Trajectories of Marijuana and Other Illegal Drug Use from Adolescence

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One-eighth of young adults in the United States report that their biological father has ever been incarcerated (FEI). This study is the first to examine associations between FEI and trajectories of substance use during the transition from adolescence into young adulthood for the US population. Analysis provides some of the first evidence that paternal incarceration is significantly associated with drug use among U.S. males and females, even after controlling for a number of family background, parental, and individual characteristics.

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  • Behavioral Health
  • Child Welfare
  • Fathers/Partners
  • Parenting
  • Trauma