ERIC Number: EJ1149095
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Understanding the Nonmedical Use of Prescription Medications in the U.S. High School Adolescents
Ayres, Cynthia G.; Pontes, Nancy M.; Pontes, Manuel C. F.
Journal of School Nursing, v33 n4 p269-276 Aug 2017
The purpose of the study was to examine relationships between sleep insufficiency, depressive symptoms, demographic factors, and the nonmedical use of prescription medications (NMUPMs) in the U.S. high school students. Data from the 2013 Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System were used (n = 13,570) and analyzed using IBM SPSS 23™ (complex samples). Significant bivariate relationships were found between the NMUPMs and sleep (p < 0.01), feeling sad (p < 0.001), grade level (p < 0.001), and race/ethnicity (p < 0.01). Logistic regression analyses found that all of the independent variables were significant in predicting the likelihood of the NMUPMs. Findings underscore the potential impact of preventing NMUPMs in high school adolescents by improving their sleep behaviors and assessing adolescents for depressive symptoms.
Descriptors: Drug Abuse, High School Students, Correlation, Sleep, Depression (Psychology), Symptoms (Individual Disorders), Prevention, Computer Software, Regression (Statistics), Instructional Program Divisions, Health Behavior, National Surveys, Risk, Race, Ethnicity, School Nurses
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Youth Risk Behavior Survey