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ERIC Number: EJ783524
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul-30
Pages: 28
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1067-828X
Continuities in Problem Behavior among High Risk Youths
Dembo, Richard; Wareham, Jennifer; Poythress, Norman; Meyers, Kathleen; Cook, Brittany; Schmeidler, James
Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, v16 n4 p91-118 Jul 2007
We report the results of a test of a structural model reflecting the longitudinal relationships of psychosocial problems among youths involved in a Center for Substance Abuse Treatment funded clinical trial for juveniles that participated in a diversion program. The project is evaluating the efficacy of an intensive 16-week case management service to youths and their families. The present study examines the continuity of (1) psychosocial problems, measured as a latent variable comprising family problems, peer problems, and educational problems, (2) drug involvement, use, and effects, and (3) self-reported delinquency for baseline and approximately 1-year follow-up interview data for 165 and 137 youths, respectively. The results support existing literature indicating that once problem behaviors are established at an early age, they have a strong likelihood of persisting over time. Implications for policy and intervention service needs are discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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