ERIC Number: EJ1023210
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
Association of Educational Attainment and Adolescent Substance Use Disorder in a Clinical Sample
Apantaku-Olajide, Tunde; James, Philip D.; Smyth, Bobby P.
Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, v23 n3 p169-176 2014
This study explores substance use, psychosocial problems, and the relationships to educational status in 193 adolescents (school dropouts, 63; alternative education, 46; mainstream students, 84) who attended a substance abuse treatment facility in Dublin, Ireland, within a 42-month period. For each adolescent, data on demographics, family background, substance use, psychiatric history, and offending behaviors were collected. The study found that the 3 groups exhibited statistically significant differences in their substance use problems, with the school dropouts displaying significantly more problems. The need for early detection and intervention of at-risk students, and collaborative interagency work aimed at addressing substance use, cannot be overemphasized as strategies to ultimately prevent school dropout.
Descriptors: Educational Attainment, Correlation, Adolescents, Substance Abuse, Psychological Patterns, Mental Disorders, Dropouts, Nontraditional Students, Residential Programs, Family Characteristics, Delinquency, Individual Differences, At Risk Persons, Agency Cooperation, Foreign Countries, Drug Abuse, Alcohol Abuse, Age Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ireland