ERIC Number: EJ783534
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar-6
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A Post-Treatment Examination of Adolescents' Reasons for Starting, Quitting, and Continuing the Use of Drugs and Alcohol
Titus, Janet C.; Godley, Susan H.; White, Michelle K.
Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, v16 n2 p31-49 Mar 2007
Qualitative data from 923 adolescents treated in outpatient and residential settings were used to create taxonomies of their reasons for starting, continuing, and quitting use of drugs and alcohol. Three raters independently categorized reasons by dominant theme. The final sets of taxonomies were defined within several iterations and the raters' use of the categories showed strong inter-rater agreement. Frequencies of reasons were examined overall and by level of care. Adolescents reported initiating use due largely to experimentation and peer influence, continuing use due to liking the effects and assistance with coping, and quitting due to negative appraisals and effects. Reasons differed by level of care.
Descriptors: Narcotics, Interrater Reliability, Adolescents, Classification, Peer Influence, Drug Use, Drinking, Qualitative Research, Coping, Adolescent Attitudes, Therapy, Residential Programs, Outcomes of Treatment
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