Daphne Pierce


The purpose of this descriptive correlational study was to determine the relationship between childhood incest and drug use in chemically dependent young adults in Northeast M i s s i s s i p p i , The h y p o t h e s i s stated there would be a positive correlation between incest and drug abuse. Five adults, ranging in age from 19 to 49 years, were surveyed using the Reason for Use Incest questionnaire. Data were analyzed using the Pearson's product moment correlation at .05 level of s i g n i f i c a n c e . Results of data analysis indicated a significant correlation between the overall impact of incest to nonmedical reasons for drug usage and age of onset of regular drug use, and between age of onset of drug use of long-term impact of incest. The researcher concluded that the more negative the overall impact of i n c e s t to the victim, the more nonmedical reasons for various drug usage and the younger the age at which regular drug use began, and the more negative the long-term impact of incest, the younger the age at which drug use began. Recommendations for nursing included early identification and treatment of incest to prevent drug usage and further research into the relationship of incest and drug abuse.


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Graduate Nursing

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First Advisor

Naucy Hiel

Second Advisor

Rayna Skinner

Third Advisor

Virginia Lee

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