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NCJ Number: 158956 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Longitudinal Study of the Relationships Among Alcohol Use, Marijuana/hashish use, Cocaine Use, and Emotional/Psychological Functioning Problems in a Cohort of High-Risk Youths
Journal: International Journal of the Addictions  Volume:25  Issue:11  Dated:(1990)  Pages:1341-1382
Author(s): R Dembo; L Williams; L La Voie; J Schmeidler; J Kern; A Getreu; E Berry; L Genung; E D Wish
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 42
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 86-IJ-CX-0050; 87-JN-CX-0008
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data collected in a longitudinal study of detained juveniles were used to test a model of the relationships among histories of child physical and sexual abuse, alcohol and other drug use, and emotional and psychological problems.
Abstract: The model specified direct influences of childhood abuse experiences and previous alcohol or other drug use on emotional and psychological functioning problems over time and subsequent use of alcohol or other drugs. The data came from interviews conducted at two points in time with 236 males and 69 females admitted to a regional detention center in the Tampa Bay, Fla. area. The initial interviews took place within 48 hours of admission. The followup interviews took place in late 1987 and early 1988. Results indicated that physical abuse, sexual victimization, and previous drug use are interrelated experiences. Physical abuse related to emotional and psychological functioning problems as measured at the initial interview in each of the drug use analyses. Some of the relationships differed for different drugs. Findings indicated the need to view the youths in holistic terms; focusing on one problem at a time provides only limited insight into the difficulties that must be resolved. Findings also have implications for the assessment of high- risk youths entering the juvenile justice system, staff training, criteria for evaluating intervention programs, and the time demands of effective interventions for multiproblemed youths who use drugs. Figures, tables, appended table and category list, and 62 references
Main Term(s): Drug abuse causes
Index Term(s): Child abuse as delinquency factor; Florida; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug use; Parental influence; Psychological victimization effects
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