The aim of this study is to compare adolescents with and without substance use disorders in terms of their self esteem and family environment. It is aimed to find out what the distinguishing factors are in terms of the perceived variables from mother and father. The sample of the study included 140 adolescents (129 male, 11 female) aged between 15 and 25 years who were admitted to Ankara Alcohol and Substance Dependency Treatment and Training Center Clinic (AMATEM), and 146 (140 male, 6 female) adolescents without substance use disorders matched in terms of demographic variables. The data were collected with the Personal Information Form containing demographic information, the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (RSS), the Parental Acceptance-Rejection Questionnaire (PARQ) and the Parenting Style Inventory (PSI). According to the results, adolescents with substance use disorders perceived significantly more maternal and paternal rejection, control, strictness/ supervision and less acceptance/involvement than the comparison group. Adolescents with substance use disorder had lower self-esteem scores than adolescents without substance use disorders. Comparing groups in terms of parenting styles, adolescents with substance use disorders perceived both parents as authoritarian. Parental acceptance-rejection, parenting style, family environment and self-esteem have been found to be important factors in adolescent substance use disorder.
Keywords: substance use disorders, parental acceptance-rejection, parenting styles, self-esteem