Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences (BCAS)

Date of Last Revision

2020-05-07 11:31:48



Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2020


This project will evaluate the prevalence, types, causation, and effects of juvenile substance abuse. Looking into this, the reader can understand the factors that lead to juvenile substance abuse and the further affects that juvenile substance abuse can have on the user, the juvenile justice system, the community, and society as a whole. Some of the factors to be taken into consideration include physical/sexual abuse, mental health disorders, familial situations, socioeconomic status, age, gender, peer influence, and other demographics. Furthermore, the reader will also understand how juvenile substance abuse relates to crime. Research will be done to review the drug-crime relationship. This research includes seeing if certain crimes have a correlation with drug use or if certain drugs are related to higher crime rates in general, in addition to viewing other aspects of drugs and crime such as correlation and causation of the drug-crime relationship. Once this relationship is understood, drug-use prevention methods and drug treatment options will be presented.

Research Sponsor

Lia Wiley

First Reader

Insun Park

Second Reader

Kimberly Hufgard

Honors Faculty Advisor

Rebecca Erickson



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