You’ve heard about the statistics and you know the stories: marriages and relationships often end. And when the end comes, people handle things in different ways. One alarming way that people, especially adolescents, deal with breakups is to use their anger and frustration and engage in antisocial behavior; which includes substance abuse or criminal activity. But how real is that connection, between breakups and desctructive behavior? In their recent article “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do: Romantic Dissolution, Offending, And Substance Use During the Transition To Adulthood,” Matthew Larson and Gary Sweeten go deeper into the data in search of answers to this question. Their findings may surprise you, and inspire society as a whole to pay more attention to what happens to us after a relationship ends.
Our guest today on the program is Matthew Larson, from Arizona State University. He is the co-author of the article which was recently published in Criminology.
Reference: LARSON, M., & SWEETEN, G. (2012). BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO: ROMANTIC DISSOLUTION, OFFENDING, AND SUBSTANCE USE DURING THE TRANSITION TO ADULTHOOD* Criminology, 50 (3), 605-636 DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-9125.2012.00272.x
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