Tag Archive for: substance use

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New Study Highlights Role of Mentor-Mentee Conversations in Preventing Substance Use Among African American Youth

Reference: Kaufman, M. R., Wright, K., Simon, J., Bazell, A., DuBois, D. L., Palen, L.-A., & Latkin, C. (2023). Preventing Substance Use among Urban, African American Youth: The Potential of Mentor-Mentee Conversations. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 110943. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2023.110943  Summarized By: Ariel Ervin About this Study Evidence shows that substance use often begins during adolescence. Given […]

New study shows how enhanced mentoring practices affect children of incarcerated parents.

Stelter, R. L., Stump, K. N., Rhodes, J. E., & Kupersmidt, J. B. (2023). A randomized controlled trial of enhanced mentoring program practices for children of incarcerated caregivers: Assessing impacts on youth and match outcomes. Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.23017 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest: Parental incarceration is an adverse childhood experience that often leads […]

Can informal mentor support moderate the relationship between adolescent dating violence victimization and substance use?

Vengurlekar, I. N., Steggerda, J. C., Brown, M., Kiefer, J. L., & Cavell, T. A. (2022). Informal mentoring support as a potential moderator of the relation between adolescent dating violence victimization and substance use. Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/jcop.22968 Summarized by Ariel Ervin Notes of Interest:  Adolescent dating violence (ADV) victimization is associated with substance use and […]

Bullying and its effect on mental and physical health for Jamaican teens, and how parents might be able to help

Elledge, L. C., Smith, D. E., Kilpatrick, C. T., McClain, C. M., & Moore, T. M. (2019). The associations between bullying victimization and internalizing distress, suicidality, and substance use in Jamaican adolescents: The moderating role of parental involvement. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 36(7), 2202-2220. Summarized by Jeremy Astesano Notes of Interest: Bullying can have significant […]

Should an adolescent receive individual or family therapy? It may depend on the level of their parents’ psychological distress

By Karla Rodriguez and Mei Yi Ng, Society for Research on Adolescence Does a parent’s mental health affect how well an adolescent responds to psychological interventions? Parents play an important role in their adolescents’ lives. When parents are suffering from their own mental health issues, their children suffer as well. For example, when parents experience […]

Asking youth about substance use does not make it more likely: New research

Posted by Kim Eckart Researchers report finding no evidence that discussing drug and alcohol use with preteens encourages them to try drugs or drinking. The study focused on school-based surveys of fifth- and sixth-graders to determine whether their behaviors changed over time. The research team found that, among two groups of students—one surveyed in fifth […]

Teens 3x More Likely To Get Addicted To Painkillers

Sarina Gleason Michigan State University Younger teenagers are at higher risk of becoming dependent on prescription drugs within a year of when they began using them for non-medical reasons, a new study suggests. The findings are based on a nationally representative sample of 12- to 21-year-olds taken each year between 2002 and 2013. Out of […]