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Title: Response Reliability and the Study of Adolescent Substance Use Progression
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Volume:30  Issue:1  Dated:Winter 2000  Pages:103-118
Author(s): Andrew Golub; Erich Labouvie; Bruce D. Johnson
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Princeton, NJ 08543
US Dept of Health and Human Services
Rockville, MD 20892-9304
Grant Number: 033027;DA-03395;AA-05823;
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper examines the reliability of responses from adolescents concerning their substance use progression.
Abstract: Studies of adolescent substance use progression typically infer a sequence of initiation from self-reported ages at first use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and hard drugs. The paper examines the reliability of this procedure for a sample of 892 New Jersey youths interviewed on two occasions separated by 3 years. Individual responses on the second occasion differed substantially from those provided on the first. However, the inferred sequences were consistent as long as first use of alcohol and/or tobacco was considered a single stage and cases in which individuals initiated the use of two substances in the same year were considered as ambiguous regarding order. The sequences reported were also consistent with the gateway theory that suggests alcohol/tobacco precedes any possible use of marijuana and hard drugs. Tables, figure, references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Cohort studies; Juvenile drug use; Marijuana; Problem behavior; Self-report studies; Studies; Theory; Tobacco use; Underage Drinking
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