Examining the relationship between gender and drug-using behaviors in adolescents: The use of diagnostic assessments and biochemical analyses of urine samples

William H. James, David D. Moore

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Abstract

The present study examined the relationship between gender and drug-use among adolescents using diagnostic assessments and biochemical analyses of urine samples. The data were collected in the context of a referral and assessment program for adolescents suspected of using drags, using the Adolescent Substance Battery [1]. A six-month random sample of 20 percent of adolescents assessed for drag use were targeted for biochemical assay. Compliance for urine delivery was relatively high at 91 percent. Urine samples were quantitatively screened for pharmaceuticals using a standard thin-layer chromatography (TLC) technique [2]. Statistical significance was found in the relationship between gender and marijuana use (p < .05). This study confirms that gender and drug-using behaviors among adolescents need additional research and evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-249
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of drug education
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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