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ERIC Number: EJ1202792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Dec
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0090-1482
Weight Status and Substance Use among Urban American Indian Adolescents: Findings from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health
Eitle, David; Eitle, Tamela McNulty
Journal of Alcohol and Drug Education, v62 n3 p23-42 Dec 2018
American Indians have among the highest prevalence rates for both substance use and obesity, yet there is a dearth of studies that have examined this relationship. We examined a subsample of American Indian adolescents (n=623), using the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health. We examined the association between body mass index (BMI) and marijuana, other illicit drugs and heavy alcohol use, controlling for established predictors of youth substance use. We found that youth with lower BMIs used marijuana and other illicit drugs most frequently. Our findings support the notion that the relationship between weight status and substance use is a nuanced and complex one.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute on Drug Abuse (DHHS/PHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health
Grant or Contract Numbers: 1R01DA03446601