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Title: Relationship Between Mental Health and Substance Abuse Among Adolescents
Author(s): Dean R. Gerstein; Ann Ragin; Kenneth A. Rasinski; Felicia Gray Cerbone; Robert A. Johnson
Corporate Author: National Opinion Research Center (NORC)
United States of America
Project Director: Janet Greenblatt
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 129
Sponsoring Agency: National Opinion Research Center (NORC)
Chicago, IL 60637
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
Rockville, MD 20852
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Admin (SAMHSA)
Rockville, MD 20857
Contract Number: 283-95-0002;
Sale Source: SAMHSA's National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information
Box 2345
Rockville, MD 20852
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Type: Survey
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data from the 1994-96 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse formed the basis of an analysis of the association between psychological functioning and the use of illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco by adolescents aged 12-17 years.
Abstract: An estimated 13 percent of adolescents ages 12-17 had emotional problems as indicated by withdrawal, somatic problems, anxiety, and depression. An estimated 17 percent of adolescents aged 12-17 had behavioral problems as indicated by delinquent or aggressive behavior. The likelihood of substance use among adolescents was associated with the severity of emotional and behavioral problems across age and gender groups. Nine percent of the youths reported use of illicit drugs in the past month, including 7 percent who reported past-month use of marijuana and 4 percent who reported past-month use of illicit drugs other than marijuana. Past-month marijuana use was nearly twice as likely and use of other illicit drugs as four times more likely for adolescents with serious emotional problems than for youths with low levels of emotional problems. Marijuana use was even more likely for youths with serious behavioral problems than for other youths. Twenty-percent of youths reported using alcohol in the past month. Past month alcohol use was nearly twice as likely for adolescents with serious emotional problems and nearly three times as likely for youths with serious behavior problems than for other youths. Adolescents with serious emotional or behavioral problems were also several times more likely to be dependent on alcohol or illicit drugs than were other adolescents. Tables, appended methodological information and tables, and 86 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Drug abuse causes; Dual diagnosis; Emotional disorders; Mental disorders; Tobacco use
Note: DCC. SAMHSA Analytic Series: A-9
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