skip navigation


Abstract Database

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

To download this abstract, check the box next to the NCJ number then click the "Back To Search Results" link. Then, click the "Download" button on the Search Results page. Also see the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 175120 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Multiple Substance Abuse Among Adolescent Physical and Sexual Abuse Victims
Journal: Child Abuse & Neglect  Volume:21  Issue:6  Dated:June 1997  Pages:529-539
Author(s): P A Harrison; J A Fulkerson; T J Beebe
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin (SAMHSA)
Rockville, MD 20857
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reports on a study that examined the relationship between substance use patterns among adolescents and their histories of physical and/or sexual abuse.
Abstract: The Minnesota Student Survey was administered in 1995 to 122,824 public school students in grades 6, 9 and 12; substance user groups were created based on frequency of use and the number of substances used. Use of individual substances, use of multiple substances, age of first use, and reason for use were examined with respect to histories of physical and/or sexual abuse. Physical and sexual abuse were associated with an increased likelihood of the use of alcohol, marijuana and almost all other drugs for both males and females in the three grades surveyed. Use of multiple substances was highly elevated among victims of abuse, with the highest rates among students who reported both physical and sexual abuse. Abuse victims also reported initiating substance use earlier than their nonabused peers and gave more reasons for using, including use to cope with painful emotions and to escape from problems. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Abused-nonabused child comparisons; Adolescent abuse; Child abuse; Controlled Substances; Juvenile drug use; Long term health effects of child abuse; Multiproblem juveniles; Underage Drinking; Victims of Crime
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.