Correlates of Substance Use Severity Among Homeless Youth
Article first published online: 15 NOV 2010
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Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Volume 23, Issue 4, pages 214–222, November 2010
How to Cite
Nyamathi, A., Hudson, A., Greengold, B., Slagle, A., Marfisee, M., Khalilifard, F. and Leake, B. (2010), Correlates of Substance Use Severity Among Homeless Youth. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 23: 214–222. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6171.2010.00247.x
- Issue published online: 15 NOV 2010
- Article first published online: 15 NOV 2010
- Homeless youth;
- substance use
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.