Violent Street Crime and Alcohol, Marijuana, and Hard Drug Use: A Longitudinal Analysis of Runaway and Homeless Adolescents

Scott W. Whiteford, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

A substantial literature exists on the inter-play between adolescent criminal behavior and substance use, including alcohol, marijuana, and hard drugs. However, few studies examine the effects of adolescent victimization and victimizing behavior on substance use, especially among at-risk populations. Using longitudinal data, I examine predictors of runaway and homeless adolescent drug use, with emphases on victimizing behavior or those who are victimized. This paper encompasses several different types of drug use, includiung alcohol, marijuana, and hard drugs, such as cocaine, methamphetamines, and heroin. Preliminary results show that relationships do exist between being victimized and hard drug use among runaway and homeless adolescents.

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