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NCJ Number: 183665 Find in a Library
Title: Aggression, Victimization and Problem Behavior Among Inner-City Minority Adolescents
Journal: Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse  Volume:9  Issue:3  Dated:2000  Pages:51-66
Author(s): Jennifer A. Epstein; Gilbert J. Botvin; Tracy Diaz; Christopher Williams; Kenneth Griffin
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 16
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data from 517 students in 8th grade at 3 inner-city schools in New York City were analyzed to determine the relationship among juvenile drug use and aggression.
Abstract: The participants were 51 percent female and 49 percent male, and had an average age of 14.07 years. They completed an anonymous self-report questionnaire during a regular class period. Self-reported aggressive and unsafe behavior were associated with initiation of drug use, including smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol, and smoking marijuana. Results revealed sex differences for aggressive behavior, victimization, and unsafe behavior. Findings have implications for prevention, because reducing drug use might also reduce aggressive and unsafe behavior. Findings suggested the desirability of expanding social skills training, which is effective in drug use prevention programs, to cover aggressive behavior and engagement in unsafe behavior. Tables and 27 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency factors
Index Term(s): Acting out behavior; Adolescent victims; Aggression; Drug Related Crime; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug use; Male female juvenile offender comparisons; Problem behavior; Risk taking behavior; Tobacco use
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