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NCJ Number: 127618 Find in a Library
Title: Stressful Life Events and Drug Use Among Adolescents (From Drug Abuse, P 79-83, 1987, Raymond J Reitz, ed. -- See NCJ-127612)
Author(s): C Bruns; C S Geist
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Phi Delta Kappa
Bloomington, IN 47402
Sale Source: Phi Delta Kappa
Ctr on Evaluation, Development & Research (CEDR)
Box 789
Bloomington, IN 47402
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This analysis of the relationship between adolescent stress and drug abuse was analyzed using data from 566 high school students from suburban Chicago and from 55 adolescents currently in residential drug treatment.
Abstract: The research hypothesis that increased stress during and/or before adolescence would be associated with increased drug use was examined using information from a 50-item list of stressful life events and from instruments that gathered data on drug abuse and demographic characteristics. Results showed that all high school students are under stress because of their age, that stresses are cumulative, and that both positive and negative events represent stresses. In addition, youths perceive drug use to be the norm rather than the deviant behavior. Furthermore, the use of cigarettes is the entry level into drug abuse and that most drug abuse starts before or during junior high school. Results also indicated that increased life stress levels are significantly associated with increased drug abuse. Table and 9 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Behavior under stress; Drug abuse causes; Illinois
Note: Reprinted from Journal of Human Stress, V 10, N 3 (Fall 1984), P 135-139
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