Date of Award:


Document Type:


Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)


Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

Department name when degree awarded

Health Education

Committee Chair(s)

Janice Pearce


Janice Pearce


W. Whitney Smith


Pauline Fuller


A questionnaire on drinking behavior and attitudes was administered to 292 delinquent youth confined in youth detention homes in St. Anthony, Idaho, and Ogden, Utah, and to 466 students i n the secondary schools of the Pocatello. School District, Pocatello, Idaho.

Using a Chi Square analysis, comparisons were made of responses between the delinquent and non-delinquent groups to questions regarding first drinking experience, present drinking behavior, attitudes toward drinking, criminal acts while drinking alcoholic beverages, age, race, sex, family income, population of area lived in, with whom the students lived, and parents' drinking behavior. Significant differences at the .001 per cent level were found between the responses of delinquents and non-delinquents in all areas compared with the exception of the father's drinking behavior where a difference at the .05 per cent level was found.

In summary, the results showed that the delinquent population of this s tudy (l) began drinking sooner and more frequently than the non-delinquent population, (2) drank for different reasons than the non-delinquents, and (3) drank without their parents' permission more frequently than the non-delinquents. In addition, a higher percentage of the non-delinquents did not drink in comparison with the delinquents who did.

This study also indicated that the older the delinquent and non-delinquent students were, the more frequently they drank. The frequency of drinking of both the delinquent and the non-delinquent students was related to the frequency of their parents' drinking. As the parents drank more frequently, the more frequently the delinquent and non-delinquent students drank.