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Title: Prevalence and General Offending/Use Patterns: The Joint Occurrence of Delinquent Behavior and ADM (Alcohol, Drugs, and Mental Health (From Multiple Problem Youth: Delinquency, Substance Use, and Mental Health Problems, P 50-86, 1989, Delbert S Elliott, David Huizinga, et al -- See NCJ-119536)
Author(s): D S Elliott; D Huizinga; S Menard
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 37
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
New York, NY 10010
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: MH27552; 78-JN-AX-0003; 83-IJ-CX-0063
Sale Source: Springer-Verlag
Publicity Manager
175 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10010
United States of America
Type: Research (Theoretical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examines the joint occurrence of delinquent behavior, alcohol and illicit drug use, and mental health problems, using data from the National Youth Survey for 1976, 1980, and 1983.
Abstract: From survey findings, apparently the presence of mental health problems attenuates or confounds relationships between drug use and delinquency for serious offenders and polydrug users. Although mental health problems are not strongly related to the use of drugs generally, they are apparently inversely related to problem drug use and drunk driving. Regardless of the presence or absence of mental health problems, polydrug users have the highest rates of problem drug use and drunk driving and the highest rates of self-reported delinquency. Regardless of mental-health-problem type, serious delinquents have the highest rates of alcohol, marijuana, and polydrug use, as well as the highest rates of delinquency. Overall, delinquency and drug use appear more closely related to one another than either is to mental health problems. 6 tables.
Main Term(s): Juvenile crime patterns
Index Term(s): Juvenile plea bargaining; Mental disorders; Underage Drinking
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