Psychology Department
Texas State University
San Marcos, Texas


Predicting Risk Behavior in College Students: A Function of Family Dysfunction


Two measures of elements of family dysfunction (scores on Minuchin’s “family Dynamics” scale and naïve rater ratings of student free writing about how his or her family would handle a family crisis) were gathered along with scores on the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Results showed that higher self-reported levels of dysfunction of Minuchin’s scale were positively correlated with scores on multiple subscales of the Risk Behavior Survey.

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