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Title: Patterns of Multiple Drug Use: The National Youth Survey Project Report Number 15; A Descriptive Analysis of Static Types and Change Patterns, 1976-1978
Author(s): T Brennan; D S Elliott; B A Knowles
Corporate Author: Behavioral Research Instit
United States of America
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 102
Sponsoring Agency: Behavioral Research Instit
Boulder, CO 80302
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD 20852
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Rockville, MD 20849-6000
US Dept of Justice
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Grant Number: 78JN-AX-0003; MH27552
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Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study develops two empirical typologies of multiple drug use by juveniles, based on self-reported drug- use data from a national youth panel of adolescents aged 11 to 17 in 1976.
Abstract: The first typology is based on reported use of seven drugs (alcohol, marijuana, hallucinogens, amphetamines, barbiturates, cocaine, and heroin) by the youth panel in 1976. The second is an integrated typology based on reported use of an expanded set of 12 drugs (including tobacco, angel dust, and inhalants) by the youth panel in 1977 and 1978. A major conclusion from this analysis is that adolescent drug consumption consists primarily of multiple drug use rather than single drug use. Of the youth who consume drugs, the vast majority use more than one drug during a given time period. A second general conclusion is that the empirical patterns of drugs use are complex. A pattern may involve the regular use of two drugs and an experimental or intermittent use of two or three other drugs. The most frequent developmental pattern for multiple drug use is the occasional use of alcohol; regular use of beer and hard liquor; regular use of alcohol and tobacco; regular use of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana; and multiple illicit drug use. There was a clear association between the drug-use patterns ordered by the frequency and number of drugs used and various types of problem behavior, delinquency, and measures of bonding to conventional groups' norms and activities. Data address the demographic characteristics of drug use, including types and pattern of onset, termination, increasing use, and decreasing use. 3 figures, 25 tables, and 20 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug abusers
Index Term(s): Controlled Substances; Juvenile drug use; Statistics
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