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ERIC Number: EJ935807
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1557-1874
Determinants of Substance Abuse in a Population of Children and Adolescents Involved with the Child Welfare System
Singh, Veeran-Anne S.; Thornton, Tiffany; Tonmyr, Lil
International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, v9 n4 p382-397 Aug 2011
Substance abuse is an important health issue facing children involved with child welfare, but little is known about the associated factors. The purpose of this study was to build on findings from the "Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect-2003" and use a national sample of 10-15 year old children to examine the factors associated with substance abuse for all investigations and substantiated investigations of maltreatment. Our findings showed that almost 14% of all investigated children were abusing substances and that this proportion was even greater among those whose investigation of maltreatment had been substantiated (almost 16%). The severity of the experienced maltreatment, in addition to behavioural factors, was found to be associated with substance abuse. While the pathways to substance abuse are complex, understanding the risk factors associated with substance abuse in this population are important for targeted interventions for prevention and treatment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada