Aggressive behaviors in the adolescent children of HIV-positive and HIV-negative drug-abusing fathers

David W. Brook, Judith S. Brook, Elizabeth Rubenstone, Chenshu Zhang

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Abstract

This study examined aggressive behaviors in the adolescent children of HIV-positive and HIV-negative drug-abusing fathers. Data were collected via individual structured interviews of low-income, predominantly African American and Hispanic, father-child dyads (N = 415). Structural Equation Modeling was used to assess the interrelationship of several latent constructs with respect to adolescent aggression. Results showed a mediational model linking paternal attributes (including HIV status) and ecological factors with the father-child relationship, which impacted peer influences and the adolescent's vulnerable personality, which was the most proximal construct to aggressive behaviors. Ecological factors were also mediated by peer influences and directly linked with adolescent aggression.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)399-413
Number of pages15
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Adolescent aggressive behaviors
  • Paternal drug use
  • Paternal HIV/AIDS

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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