AD/HD and adolescent substance use: the impact of subtype, parenting practices, and conduct problems

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Jessica W. Benson (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Arthur Anastopoulos

Abstract: Research has consistently demonstrated a link between AD/HD and substance use, abuse, and dependence, although why this increased risk occurs remains unclear. The purpose of the current study was to identify the extent to which negative parenting practices and youth conduct problems are associated with symptoms of AD/HD and current use of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana in adolescents. Thirty-four adolescents and their female caretakers from the community completed measures of child psychopathology and family functioning. Symptoms of AD/HD did not predict current use of substances. Post-hoc analyses revealed that symptoms of inattention, but not hyperactivity-impulsivity, predicted intent to use substances. The results suggest a stronger role for inattention in predicting substance use than currently exists in the literature.

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Language: English
Date: 2010
ADHD, Adolescent, Conduct problems, Parenting practices, Substance use
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Teenagers $x Substance use.
Adolescent psychology.
Parent and child.

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