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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.



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


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.


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


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.

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