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NCJ Number: 166523 Find in a Library
Title: Factors Associated With Drug Use Among Youth Living in Homeless Shelters (From The Etiology and Prevention of Drug Abuse Among Minority Youth, P 91-110, 1997, Gilbert J. Botvin, Steven Schinke, eds. - See NCJ-166518)
Author(s): T Diaz; L Dusenbury; G J Botvin; R Farmer-Huselid
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Haworth Press, Inc
Binghamton, NY 13904
Sale Source: Haworth Press, Inc
10 Alice Street
Binghamton, NY 13904
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined predictors of tobacco, alcohol, and marijuana use with 234 homeless adolescents and preadolescents living in shelters for homeless families.
Abstract: The study reported on structured interviews on self-reported drug use, as well as background variables, social environmental influences, and individual characteristics hypothesized to promote drug use. Logistic-regression analyses revealed that social influences (friends and family drug use) are strong predictors of experimental drug use and intentions to use drugs, as are several psychological factors (psychological well-being, assertiveness, and social support). The only background variable with any predictive power was academic achievement. Study findings suggest that effective prevention programs for homeless and other high-risk youth should: (1) provide an awareness of the various social influences to use drugs; (2) incorporate a broad-based social competency approach which teaches drug-refusal skills, general assertiveness skills, stress and anxiety management techniques, and general social skills; and (3) provide opportunities for gaining peer support by building positive peer groups. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Controlled Substances
Index Term(s): Behavior modification; Children at risk; Data collections; Drug abuse education; Drug prevention programs; Homeless children; Juvenile drug use; Juveniles; Marijuana; Self-report studies; Tobacco use; Underage Drinking
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