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NCJ Number: 194471 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Ethnic Differences in Comorbidity Among Substance-Abusing Adolescents Referred to Outpatient Therapy
Journal: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry  Volume:41  Issue:4  Dated:April 2002  Pages:394-401
Author(s): Michael S. Robbins Ph.D.; Sameet Kumar M.S.; Chanequa Walker-Barnes Ph.D.; Daniel J. Feaster Ph.D.; Ervin Briones Ph.D.; Jose Szapocznik Ph.D.
Date Published: April 2002
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: 1R01 10574;
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigated differences in psychiatric comorbidity between African-American and Hispanic substance-abusing adolescents referred for outpatient therapy.
Abstract: The study sought to determine whether the high rates of comorbid disorders among substance-abusing youths in outpatient settings generalized to African-American and Hispanic adolescents. Participants were 167 substance-abusing adolescents and their family members who completed an intake assessment. As part of the assessment, all participants were administered a diagnostic interview to screen for the presence of nine psychiatric diagnoses. The study provides further evidence of the extent of co-occurring diagnoses among adolescent substance abusers. Hispanics presented with significantly higher rates of above-threshold symptoms for externalizing disorders than did African-Americans. The study suggests further research to determine whether there is a basic difference between ethnic groups in the constellation of behavior problem symptoms or if it reflects a bias in the way youths are referred to outpatient treatment. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Dual diagnosis; Emotional disorders; Ethnic groups; Juvenile drug abusers; Mental disorders; Mental health; Multiproblem juveniles; Youthful offenders
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