The author examined the life events reported by 138 adolescents in
relation to their own and their parents' alcohol and/or drug use. The 62
adolescents who were substance abusers reported more negative events
involving deviance and emotional distress and evaluated the life events
they experienced as less desirable than did the 76 nonabusing adolescents.
Substance-abusing adolescents and the 31 nonabusing adolescents with
substance-abusing parents experienced comparable numbers of stressful life
experiences; however, the type and qualitative features of the events
differed. Adolescents with substance abuse in only one family generation
experienced more emotional distress than those with substance use patterns
consistent across generations.