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NCJ Number: 213385 Find in a Library
Title: Substance Use Among Young Offenders: Thrills, Bad Feelings, or Bad Behavior?
Journal: Substance Use & Misuse  Volume:41  Issue:3  Dated:2006  Pages:415-422
Author(s): Aldis L. Putnins
Date Published: 2006
Page Count: 8
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study explored the relationships of conduct problems, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms, and depression to substance use among incarcerated youthful offenders in South Australia.
Abstract: Results indicated that conduct problems, ADHD symptoms, and depression were all significantly related to recent substance use. Moreover, ADHD symptoms and conduct problems predicted future substance use. Given the importance of ADHD symptoms in predicting substance use among youthful offenders, treatment of substance use disorders for this population should also address their arousal needs. Participants were 900 youths incarcerated in 2 youth detention centers in South Australia between 1994 and 1999. Participants completed a routine psychosocial screening questionnaire at intake and 206 of the youths also completed re-assessment questionnaires when readmitted to secure care. Data analysis techniques included zero-order product correlations. Future studies should attempt to replicate these findings with samples of non-incarcerated offenders. Table, references
Main Term(s): Attention deficit disorder (ADD); Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Childhood depression; Hyperactive children; Juvenile detention; Problem behavior; South Australia
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