School Difficulties and Co-Occurring Health Risk Factors: Substance Use, Aggression, Depression, and Suicidal Behaviors
Article first published online: 27 JAN 2013
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Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing
Volume 26, Issue 1, pages 74–84, February 2013
How to Cite
Thompson, E. A., Connelly, C. D., Thomas-Jones, D. and Eggert, L. L. (2013), School Difficulties and Co-Occurring Health Risk Factors: Substance Use, Aggression, Depression, and Suicidal Behaviors. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nursing, 26: 74–84. doi: 10.1111/jcap.12026
- Issue published online: 27 JAN 2013
- Article first published online: 27 JAN 2013
- National Institute of Nursing Research. Grant Number: R01 NR-MH03548
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. Grant Number: R01 DA04530
- National Institute of Mental Health. Grant Number: R18 MH48139
- National Institute on Drug Abuse Training. Grant Number: T32 DA07257
- co-occurring health risk factors
Effective prevention requires understanding vulnerable populations, early signs of health risks, and the impact of social contexts. We tested a model of co-occurring mental health risks among at-risk youth experiencing school difficulties.
We analyzed data from a random sample of 336 at-risk youth, grades 9–12, who completed a comprehensive risk/protective factors assessment.
Simultaneously controlling for correlations among health risks, we observed systematic associations among risk factors, with generally consistent patterns for males and females.
The findings underscore the importance of developing interventions that incorporate contextual influences and of identifying common adaptable strategies for attenuating co-occurring health risks for at-risk youth.