Identifier

etd-11132015-124001

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Sociology

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

The current study examined alcohol consumption among Turkish adolescents through the lens of Agnew’s General Strain Theory (GST) using data drawn from the 2008 Youth in Europe Survey. Although considerable attention has been paid to problematic alcohol consumption among adolescents, extant research has remained limited to western countries. Similarly, much of the support for GST was derived from research conducted in United States. The current study explores factors associated with alcohol consumption in Turkey and tests the generalizability of GST to countries with sociocultural and religious values differing from those in western countries. Results from ordinal logistic regression analyses indicate that school strain, economic strain, and peer strain were significantly associated with drinking behavior, while family strain was not associated with drinking behavior. Although students’ negative affective states were significantly associated with drinking behavior, they did not mediate the relationships between the strain variables and alcohol consumption as would be expected given the logic of GST. Implications for future research were discussed.

Date

2015

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

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Committee Chair

Barton, Michael Samuel

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Sociology Commons

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