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NCJ Number: 201177 Find in a Library
Title: Prevalence of Alcohol and Drug Use in an Adolescent Training Facility
Journal: Substance Use & Misuse  Volume:38  Issue:7  Dated:2003  Pages:825-834
Author(s): Rebecca Labeau-Craven M.P.H; Lynda Stein Ph.D.; Nancy Barnett Ph.D.; Suzanne M. Colby Ph.D.; Joe L. Smith LCDP; Anna L. Canto C.D.P
Editor(s): Stanley Einstein Ph.D.
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 10
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined alcohol and drug use among incarcerated adolescents and expanded the knowledge base regarding juvenile offenders.
Abstract: This study explored alcohol and drug use in an adolescent training facility that houses, educates, and treats juvenile arrestees from diverse backgrounds. The intent was to investigate and identify possible patterns of alcohol and drug use related to illegal activities and juvenile incarceration. It examined the relationship between background characteristics, substance use, and illegal activity. The completion of this study occurred through record reviews of clinical intake data. The sample consisted of 186 male adolescents, aged 13 to 22 and adjudicated between 1997 and 2000. Of the 186 adolescents, 170 were enrolled in substance abuse treatment at the facility. Results of the study indicated that over half of the incarcerated adolescents from the sample reported regular use of alcohol, marijuana, and/or other illegal drugs. The study suggests the need for early and more intensive screening and intervention with at-risk adolescents. Future research is recommended for a longitudinal study of the relationship between substance use and criminal activity among juveniles. References
Main Term(s): Juvenile offenders
Index Term(s): Juvenile correctional facilities; Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug use; Secure juvenile units/facilities; Underage Drinking
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