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Journal: Journal of Drug Education  Volume:22  Issue:4  Dated:(1992)  Pages:313-328
Author(s): A D Farrell; D M Anchors; S J Danish; C W Howard
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: Gang Intelligence Strategy Committee

SAMHSA Ctr for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP)
Rockville, MD 20847
Grant Number: H84-AD00489; S184A90001
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The relevance of a risk factor model for predicting drug use among rural adolescents was tested using a questionnaire battery that assessed drug use and the presence or absence of 20 risk factors derived from a previous study of urban adolescents.
Abstract: Questionnaires were administered in March 1990 to a sample of 235 seventh graders in the public school system of a rural community in the southeastern United States. Risk factors included being home alone after school, peer approval of drugs, pressure to use drugs, history of trouble with the police, history of alcohol and cigarette use, high delinquent behavior, and high emotional distress. All but 1 of the 20 risk factors were significantly related to at least 1 category of drug use. In addition, a risk factor index based on a subset of 10 risk factors was significantly associated with the prevalence and frequency of use for cigarettes, beer and wine, hard liquor, marijuana, and other drugs. The findings support the generalizability of a risk factor approach to predicting drug use and underscore the need for increased prevention and research efforts directed at rural adolescents. 28 references, 4 tables, and 1 figure
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Risk taking behavior; Rural area studies; Students
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