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J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs. 2010 Nov;23(4):214-22. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6171.2010.00247.x.

Correlates of substance use severity among homeless youth.

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  • 1International Research & Scholarly Activities, UCLA, School of Nursing, Los Angeles, CA, USA. anyamath@sonnet.ucla.edu

Abstract

PROBLEM:

this cross-sectional study identified a number of factors that were correlated with drug-use severity among homeless youth.

METHODS:

to examine a commonly used measure of substance-use severity, the TCU Drug Screen II, in a convenience sample of 156 homeless youth, ages 15-25 from a drop-in site in Santa Monica, California.

FINDINGS:

higher drug-use severity scores were independently related to low levels of perceived health and maladaptive coping strategies.

CONCLUSIONS:

the findings from this study are particularly relevant in that they support previous results showing that psychosocial variables are related to substance use behavior among young populations.

PMID:
21073596
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PMCID:
PMC3140171
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