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Title: Potential Contributions of the Life Span Developmental Approach to the Study of Adolescent Alcohol and Drug Use - The Rutgers Health and Human Development Project, a Working Model
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Dated:(Spring 1984)  Pages:253-268
Author(s): R J Pandina; E W Labouvie; H R White
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 16
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 80-IJ-CX-A022 (D/L)
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Rutgers Health and Human Development Project is organized around a life span developmental perspective. This is oriented toward understanding the antecedents and variables relating to adolescent substance use and abuse. The project is interested in major developments of use patterns, particularly in regard to acquisition, early maintenance, and dependence (if it occurs). These patterns are best understood in a prospective-developmental model and not in a cross-sectional model. To do this the domain of the problem including the adolescent's family, must be studied. The design factors are critical in such a study if causal analyses are to be developed and must be done under naturalistic, real world conditions. The Rutgers study, therefore, assesses the emergence and unfolding of adolescent substance use behaviors in interaction with the individuals physical, psychological and social development during the transition from adolescence to early adulthood. The project assessed three different aged sample (12,15,18) prospectively, over a three year span. Problem areas in the methodology of prospective, longitudinal studies are discussed. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Juvenile drug abusers; Psychological research; Underage Drinking
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