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Title: Inhalant Use Among Youth Across a Decade: 1990-1999
Journal: Prevention Researcher  Volume:7  Issue:3  Dated:September 2000  Pages:7-9
Author(s): Elaine A. Thompson Ph.D.; Nicole D. Franklin; Leona L. Eggert Ph.D.
Date Published: September 2000
Page Count: 3
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute for Nursing Research
Bethesda, MD 20892-2178
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: R01 DA04530;R01 NR03550; R01 NR03548
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines youth inhalant use during the years 1990-1999.
Abstract: This study examined inhalant use during the 1990's, focusing on high-risk youth--potential school dropouts--and compared those youth with others in their school setting. The research sample included 750 high-risk youth and 485 "typical" youth from 5 urban high schools in the Pacific Northwest. Inhalant use was associated with or clustered with other adolescent health risk behaviors, including use of alcohol and marijuana. There were moderately strong associations between inhalants and opiates and depressants. Inhalant use was also associated with depression, hopelessness, and more importantly with suicidal behaviors including suicide threats and attempts. The association between suicidal behaviors and inhalants was stronger than with any other drug type, suggesting that inhalant use forecasts other adolescent health risk behaviors. The identification of high-risk groups within the school context is important to allow for early delivery of preventive interventions prior to the escalation of school difficulties and related health risk behaviors. Figures, glossary
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Children at risk; Drug abuse; Drug effects; Drug prevention programs; Intoxicant inhalation; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug use; Juvenile suicide; Suicide
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