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Substance use among military-connected youth: the california healthy kids survey.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23332331     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
BACKGROUND: Young people in military-connected families may be exposed to deleterious stressors, related to family member deployment, that have been associated with externalizing behaviors such as substance use. Substance use predisposes youth to myriad health and social problems across the life span.
PURPOSE: This study examined the prevalence and correlates of lifetime and recent substance use in a normative sample of youth who were either connected or not connected to the military.
METHODS: Data are from a subsample of the 2011 California Healthy Kids Survey (N=14,149). Items in the present analyses included present familial military affiliation (no one, parent, sibling); number of deployments (none, one, two or more); gender; grade; and race/ethnicity. Substance use items assessed whether the youth reported lifetime use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, other drugs, or prescription drugs; and recent (past 30 days) use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and other drugs.
RESULTS: Multivariate analysis conducted in 2012 revealed that an increase in the number of deployments was associated with a higher likelihood of lifetime and recent use, with the exception of lifetime smoking.
CONCLUSIONS: These results indicate that experiences associated with deployment of a family member may increase the likelihood of substance use.
Authors:
Tamika D Gilreath; Julie A Cederbaum; Ron Avi Astor; Rami Benbenishty; Diana Pineda; Hazel Atuel
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of preventive medicine     Volume:  44     ISSN:  1873-2607     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Prev Med     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-01-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8704773     Medline TA:  Am J Prev Med     Country:  Netherlands    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  150-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2013. Published by Elsevier Inc.
Affiliation:
School of Social Work, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California. Electronic address: tgilreat@usc.edu.
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