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NCJ Number: 200658 Find in a Library
Title: Relationship Between Sexual Abuse and Drug Use: Findings From Houston's Safer Choices 2 Program
Journal: Journal of Drug Education  Volume:33  Issue:1  Dated:2003  Pages:49-59
Author(s): Ronald J. Peters, Jr. Ph.D.; Susan R. Tortolero Ph.D.; Robert C. Addy M.A.; Christine Markham Ph.D.; S. Liliana Escobar-Chaves Ph.D.; Maru Fernandez-Esquer Ph.D.; George S. Yacoubian, Jr. Ph.D.
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 11
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article focuses on self-reported drug use among female alternative school students in Houston, TX.
Abstract: Noting sexual abuse among women is widespread in the United States, the authors of this article argue that there is a clear relationship between childhood sexual abuse and substance use and abuse. Presenting a secondary analysis of data collected from the Houston, TX, Safer Choices 2 Program from October 2000 to March 2001, the authors examine survey results from 282 female seventh and eighth grade students from 10 alternative schools. Logistic regression analysis of results from survey questions concerning the students’ use of marijuana, cocaine, codeine, inhalants, heroine, amphetamines, hallucinogens, steroids, and fry/dip indicated that an individual’s sexual abuse history was significantly associated with a lifetime of substance use and abuse. This research demonstrates that the needs of sexually abused children are significantly different from those who have not been victimized and that adolescent treatment workers need to pay attention to the special needs of abused children. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Adolescent chemical dependency; Sexually abused adolescents
Index Term(s): Adolescent abuse; Adolescent females; Cocaine; Heroin; Texas
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