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Am J Public Health. 2004 Aug;94(8):1425-30.

The potential protective effect of youth assets on adolescent alcohol and drug use.

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Department of Health Promotion Sciences, College of Public Health, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, PO Box 26901, CHB Room 369, Oklahoma City, OK 73190, USA. roy-oman@ouhsc.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We examined the association between adolescent alcohol and drug use and 9 youth assets in a low-income, inner-city population.

METHODS:

An in-person survey of 1350 adolescents and parents assessed youth assets and risk behaviors. We analyzed data with chi(2) tests and logistic regression analyses.

RESULTS:

When we controlled for appropriate variables, there were significant positive relationships between several youth assets and nonuse of alcohol and drugs. Furthermore, youths who possessed all of the statistically significant youth assets were 4.44 times more likely to report nonuse of alcohol and 5.41 times more likely to report nonuse of drugs compared with youths who possessed fewer youth assets.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our study supports the view that specific youth assets may protect youths from alcohol and drug use.

PMID:
15284054
PMCID:
PMC1448466
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