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NCJ Number: 136185 Find in a Library
Title: Adolescent Initiation Into Drug-Taking Behavior: Comparisons Over a 5-Year Interval
Journal: International Journal of the Addictions  Volume:26  Issue:3  Dated:(1991)  Pages:267-279
Author(s): B Segal
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 13
Sponsoring Agency: Alaska Dept of Health and Human Services
Juneau, AK 99801
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study compared the acquisition curves for the initial use of six illicit drugs by two samples of adolescents separated by a 5-year interval.
Abstract: The first project was conducted during 1981-82 and involved school-aged youth from eight locations in Alaska. A total of 3,609 questionnaires were completed by students in grades 7-12. The second study was conducted during 1987-88. It consisted of an evaluation of 3,814 completed questionnaires obtained from students in grades 7-12 from the same locations as in the 1983 study. For both surveys, a self-administered questionnaire was used to obtain information about the use or nonuse of drugs (marijuana, cocaine, stimulants, hallucinogens, depressants, and inhalants). Individual variations in the ages for first drug use were found for different substances, but the general pattern of exposures to drugs was virtually stable over the time interval. The findings indicate that there is a range of first drug use that extends from 13 to 16 years old. Implications of the findings are drawn for education and intervention programs as well as for further research. 8 figures and 12 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Drug abuse education; Drug prevention programs; Juvenile delinquency research
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