Adolescent Worlds: Drug Use and Athletic Activity

Synopsis

This volume explores both the place of sport in adolescent society and, more specifically, the ways that drug use or nonuse fits into the lives of and is talked about by youths who participate in sports and those who do not. In addition to examining specific questions related to adolescent drug use and sports, the author utilizes several theoretical perspectives drawn from sociology to illuminate the study findings: Sutherland's theory of differential association; Cohen's notion of the concept of subcultures; and the social control theories of Hirschi and Sykes and Matza. Throughout, Stuck focuses particularly upon how the adolescents themselves explain drug use or nonuse and involvement or noninvolvement in sports. Broad policy recommendations conclude the volume.