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Title: Relationship Between Physical and Sexual Abuse and Tobacco, Alcohol, and Illicit Drug Use Among Youths in a Juvenile Detention Center
Journal: International Journal of the Addictions  Volume:23  Issue:4  Dated:(1988)  Pages:351-378
Author(s): R Dembo; M Dertke; S Borders; M Washburn; J Schmeidler
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 28
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 85-CJ-1B-08-39-05-402
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the degree to which physical abuse and sexual victimization relate to the use of tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drugs among a sample of at-risk youths, both male and female, temporarily housed in a juvenile detention center.
Abstract: The results, based on data obtained from self-report instruments, supported the proposition that child sexual and physical abuse is positively related to high rates of illicit drug use. The youths' history of victimization related significantly only to their lifetime use of illicit drugs. The findings showed that black youths claimed less involvement in tobacco, alcohol, and illicit drug use than their white counterparts. However, there were no significant ethnic group differences in physical abuse, sexual victimization, or the prevalence of certain emotional and psychological problems. 6 tables, 2 figures, and 50 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Adolescents at risk; Child abuse as delinquency factor; Child Sexual Abuse; Juvenile detention; Tobacco use; Underage Drinking
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