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Title: Role of Emotional Distress in Drug Use Among Latino Adolescents
Journal: Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse  Volume:3  Issue:4  Dated:(1994)  Pages:1-22
Author(s): M Felix-Ortiz; R Munoz; M D Newcomb
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 22
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: DA01070; DA06097
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper reviews issues related to emotional distress and drug use in Latino adolescents, i.e., the comorbidity of emotional distress and drug use, the question of whether emotional distress, is an antecedent or consequence of drug use, and the relationship between emotional distress, drug use, and other high-risk behaviors.
Abstract: Data were collected from a sample of 9th and 10th grade immigrant Mexican students who completed three abbreviated scales of depression, hostility, and anxiety based on the Hopkins Symptom checklist, as well as a history of suicide. The frequency and quantity of alcohol, cigarette, marijuana, inhalant, and other drug use were also assessed. The results showed that most types of drug use, and a high frequency of alcohol and inhalant use, were significantly related to emotional distress and a positive history of suicide attempts. Scores on the hostility scale were most strongly correlated with drug use. Drug use was related to both high depressive symptom level and diagnosed depression. Therefore, emotional distress can serve as either antecedent or consequence of drug use. 3 tables and 70 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Drug effects; Emotional disorders; Hispanic Americans; Juveniles
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