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Title: Cocaine Use Among Young Adults (From Cocaine: Pharmacology, Addiction, and Therapy, P 73-96, 1987, Barry Stimmel, ed.)
Author(s): M D Newcomb; P M Bentler
Date Published: 1987
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: Haworth Press, Inc
Binghamton, NY 13904
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: DA01070; DA00017
Publication Number: ISBN 0-86656-615-5
Sale Source: Haworth Press, Inc
10 Alice Street
Binghamton, NY 13904
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data from 739 young adults ages 19-24 in Los Angeles were studied to determine how cocaine users differ from nonusers.
Abstract: Results revealed that one-third of the sample had used cocaine in the past 6 months; about 5 percent reported weekly or more frequent use. Many important differences existed between users and nonusers with respect to sociodemographic characteristics, the use of other licit and illicit drugs, deviant attitudes and behavior, the social context of use, physical health, mental health, and life satisfaction. The differences increased with greater involvement with the drug, to the point where cocaine abusers were strikingly different from nonusers. The most significant difference was the cocaine users' difficulty in the successful acquisition of adult role responsibilities, greater use of other drugs, engaging in more deviant behaviors, and immersion in a social context conducive to use. Smaller but noteworthy differences revealed that cocaine users had poor physical and emotional health and lowered life satisfaction compared to nonusers. Finally, several personality traits, particularly a lack of law abidance, predicted a significant increase in cocaine use from adolescence to young adulthood. Tables and 35 references
Main Term(s): Drug abuse
Index Term(s): California; Cocaine; Youthful offenders
Note: DCC
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