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Subst Use Misuse. 2012 Aug;47(10):1159-71. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2012.686142. Epub 2012 May 24.

A model of school problems, academic failure, alcohol initiation, and the relationship to adult heroin injection.

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Department of Psychology and Social Work, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry, New York 10522, USA. rtrenz@mercy.edu

Abstract

The current study uses structural equation modeling to investigate factors associated with alcohol initiation and injection heroin use. Baseline data from the NEURO-HIV Epidemiologic Study in Baltimore, Maryland, were used. Participants were 404 injection heroin users (M(age) = 32.72) with a history of regular injection in their lifetime. Latent variables were created for self-reported school problems and academic failure. The final model indicated that greater school problems were associated with earlier alcohol initiation (ß = -0.22, p < .001) and earlier alcohol initiation was associated with greater frequency of recent heroin use (ß = -0.12, p < .05). Academic failure was directly related to greater frequency of recent heroin injection (ß = 0.15, p < .01). The results expand research investigating the relationship between adolescent behavior and illicit drug use in adulthood.

PMID:
22621313
PMCID:
PMC6280666
DOI:
10.3109/10826084.2012.686142
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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