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Am J Public Health. 2012 Jul;102(7):1307-10. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2012.300699. Epub 2012 May 17.

Adolescent substance use and other illegal behaviors and racial disparities in criminal justice system involvement: findings from a US national survey.

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Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, New York State Psychiatric Institute, New York, USA.

Abstract

We used data from a national survey to examine arrest rate disparities between African American and White adolescents (aged 12-17 years; n=6725) in relation to drug-related and other illegal behaviors. African American adolescents were less likely than Whites to have engaged in drug use or drug selling, but were more likely to have been arrested. Racial disparities in adolescent arrest appear to result from differential treatment of minority youths and to have long-term negative effects on the lives of affected African American youths.

PMID:
22594721
PMCID:
PMC3477985
DOI:
10.2105/AJPH.2012.300699
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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