Journal of Youth and Adolescence

, Volume 34, Issue 5, pp 401–411 | Cite as

Parenting, Peer Orientation, Drug Use, and Antisocial Behavior in Late Adolescence: A Cross-National Study

  • Michel Claes
  • Eric Lacourse
  • Anna-Paula Ercolani
  • Antonio Pierro
  • Luigi Leone
  • Fabio Presaghi


The objective of this study was to investigate the links between maternal and paternal bonding, parental practices, orientation toward peers, and the prevalence of drug use and antisocial behavior during late adolescence. A model was tested using structural equation modeling in order to verify the robustness of the investigated links across 3 countries: Canada, France, and Italy. A self-report questionnaire was given to a sample of 908 adolescents, with an equivalent number of girls and boys, in Grade 11. The questionnaire assessed the following variables: parental bonding, parental supervision, parental tolerance, orientation toward peers, involvement in physically aggressive antisocial behavior, non-physically aggressive antisocial behavior, and drug use. The model was robust across the 3 countries, thus confirming a path that identified quality of emotional bonds between adolescents and their parents as a distal variable acting upon deviant behaviors through the following mediators: parental supervision, parental tolerance, frequency of conflicts, and orientation toward peers.


adolescence parental bonding parental practices orientation toward peers deviant behavior drug use 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michel Claes
    • 1
  • Eric Lacourse
    • 1
  • Anna-Paula Ercolani
    • 2
  • Antonio Pierro
    • 2
  • Luigi Leone
    • 2
  • Fabio Presaghi
    • 2
  1. 1.Département de PsychologieUniversité de MontréalMontréalCanada
  2. 2.Universita La SapienzaRomeItaly

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