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Substance use among youths who experienced parental divorce

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The aim of the research is to examine the peculiarities of addictive substance use among 18-26-year-old youths who experienced parental divorce. 271 youths participated in the research, who attend Vytautas Magnus University, Kaunas University of Applied Sciences, Vilnius Co-operative College (Kaunas campus), Kaunas Trade and Business School, Kaunas Communication School, Kaunas Builders' Training Centre. For the statistical analysis, the data of 18-26-year-old youths were used. 125 (46,1 per cent) of the participants were male and 146 (53,9 per cent) were female. For 153 (56,5 per cent) the native family is full, while 89 (32,8 per cent) youths experienced parental divorce.
In order to assess the addictive substance use, the scale of three questions about drinking alcohol and smoking were used; in order to find out sociodemographic data about the participant, the questions prepared by the authors (2009) were used.
The results of the research showed no differences among addictive substance use of the youths who experienced parental divorce and the youths who grew up in full families. Also, the results showed that the age when the person experienced parental divorce is not related to the addictive substance use significantly. Furthermore, no significant relations were found among the addictive substance use of the youths who experienced parental divorce and had a stepfather or a stepmother and the youths who experienced parental divorce, but did not have a stepfather or a stepmother. However, the results of the research showed that males who experienced parental divorce tend to use addictive substance more than the females.

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