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NCJ Number: 213174 Find in a Library
Title: Associations of Early-Onset Methamphetamine Use with Psychiatric Morbidity Among Taiwanese Adolescents
Journal: Substance Use & Misuse  Volume:41  Issue:1  Dated:2006  Pages:35-44
Author(s): Cheng-Fang Yen; Yi-Ching Su
Date Published: 2006
Page Count: 10
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study investigated gender differences in the associations between initial methamphetamine (MAMP) use in early adolescence and psychiatric morbidity among Taiwanese adolescents.
Abstract: Results indicated that among females, early-onset MAMP use was significantly associated with depressive disorder, conduct disorder, and amphetamine use disorder. Among males, early-onset MAMP use was significantly associated only with amphetamine use disorder. Among both genders, lifetime prevalence of amphetamine use disorder was significantly higher for adolescent MAMP users who began using the drug before the age of 16 years. Participants were 299 adolescents with MAMP use who were recruited from 2 juvenile detention centers in Taiwan from September 1998 through March 2002. Participants were administered the Kiddie epidemiological version of the Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia (K-SADS-E) to screen for substance use disorder and other psychiatric comorbidities. Follow-up studies should utilize longitudinal methods to examine the course of MAMP use from first use to formation of psychiatric morbidity. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use; Psychiatry
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Mental disorders; Taiwan
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