New study: Family violence can lead boys to aggression and to drug problems

by Sharita Forrest   /   Jul 15, 2013

A new study indicates that adolescent substance abuse has roots in bullying, fighting and familial violence, including conflict between siblings. Dorothy Espelage, a professor of Educational Psychology in the College of Education, led the research.

Boys exposed to familial violence, including conflict between siblings, become increasingly aggressive toward their peers at school, and this aggression is associated with greater levels of alcohol and drug use over time, Espelage's study  suggests.

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