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ERIC Number: EJ1106459
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Aug
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0272-4316
Early Onset Substance Use in Adolescents with Depressive, Conduct, and Comorbid Symptoms
Stone, Andrea L.; Vander Stoep, Ann; McCauley, Elizabeth
Journal of Early Adolescence, v36 n6 p729-753 Aug 2016
This study investigates whether co-occurring depressive and conduct symptoms in early adolescence are associated with an elevated occurrence of early onset substance. Five hundred twenty-one sixth graders were assessed for depressive symptoms and conduct problems and underwent five substance use assessments during middle school. Logistic regression analyses were used to compare lifetime substance use across subgroups with and without depressive symptoms and conduct problems. Adolescents with co-occurring problems were more likely to have used alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, other drugs, and any substance compared with adolescents with neither type of symptom (adjusted odds ratio [OR] range = 2.5-3.5), and were more likely to report alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and any substance use compared with adolescents with depressive symptoms only (adjusted OR range = 0.1-0.3). Conduct problems modify the effect of depressive symptoms on early adolescent substance use. Early screening for depression and conduct problems may be helpful in targeting substance use prevention efforts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute of Mental Health (DHHS/NIH); National Institute on Drug Abuse (DHHS/PHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: R01MH63711; T32DA007257