Objective: The purpose of this study was to examine ecodevelopmental risk factors associated with alcohol
uses, rule breaking and aggressive behaviors among Hispanic delinquent adolescents. Specifically, this study tests the
effect of attitudes, family, peer, and school bonding on alcohol use, rule breaking and aggressive behaviors in Hispanic
Methods: A sample of 235 heterogeneous Hispanic delinquent adolescents was recruited through referrals from the
Miami-Dade County's Department of Juvenile Services and from the Miami-Dade County Public School system. Logistic
regression methods were utilized to examine the independent effect of each risk factor (attitudes, family, peer, school) and
to determine the extent to which these factors are associated with alcohol use, rule breaking and aggressive behaviors.
Results: Family functioning was inversely and significantly related to past 90-day alcohol use in univariate regression (β =
-.24, p = .035) but was not significant in multiple regression (β = -0.09, p = .556). Peer alcohol use (β = 2.02, p<0.001)
and poor alcohol attitudes (β =0.59, p=0.006) were positively and significantly related to past 90-day alcohol use in the
final model. Poor alcohol attitudes, family functioning, peer alcohol use, and school bonding were all significantly related
to both rule breaking and aggressive behaviors in the final model.
Conclusions: Findings highlight the importance of identifying risk factors at multiple levels to prevent/reduce alcohol use,
rule breaking and aggressive behaviors among Hispanic delinquent youth.