Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name


Department (Legacy)

Department of Justice Administration

Committee Chair

Higgins, George Edward

Author's Keywords

Steroids; Differential association; Adolescent; Logistic regression; Self-control theory


Steroid abuse; Steroids--Social aspects; Teenagers--Substance use


This study compared the criminological theories of peer association and low self-control and its effect on adolescent steroid use. The data for this study comes from the 12th grade survey of the 2009 Monitoring the Future Project Form 6. The purpose of the Monitoring the Future Project (MTF) is to understand changes in values, behaviors, and lifestyle orientations of the American youth. The study found that peer association, low self-control and the sex of the adolescent are all significant predictors of adolescent steroid use.