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NCJ Number: 156534 Find in a Library
Title: Substance Use Profile of Delinquent and Homeless Youths
Journal: Journal of Drug Education  Volume:24  Issue:3  Dated:(1994)  Pages:219-231
Author(s): M L Forst
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 13
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study collected empirical data on the substance use behaviors of 405 delinquent and homeless youths in San Francisco; the sample, selected from three youth-serving agencies, included all youths for whom complete medical histories and physical examinations were obtained between June and November 1990.
Abstract: Data secured within the context of medical examinations indicated that both delinquent and homeless youth used tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs at rates higher than the general adolescent population. Substance abuse and high-risk sexual behaviors made the youths vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases and HIV infection. It was determined that drug education and prevention programs must be tailored to meet the needs and lifestyles of delinquent and homeless youth since they do not have access to regular health care and that such programs must be provided within the broader context of adolescent health care. 28 references and 3 tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Alcoholic beverage consumption; California; Drug abuse education; Drug prevention programs; Homeless children; Homeless offenders; Juvenile delinquents; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile health services; Juvenile offenders; Risk taking behavior; Sexual behavior; Sexually transmitted diseases; Tobacco use; Underage Drinking
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