Factors Associated With Substance Use Disorders Among Traumatized Homeless Youth

Sanna J. Thompson, Kimberly Bender, Kristin Ferguson-Colvin, Yeonwoo Kim

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Abstract

This study aimed to identify homeless youths’ lifestyle and trauma-related risk factors as well as protective factors associated with alcohol use disorder or no disorder and drug use disorder or no disorder. Youth receiving homeless services in Denver (n = 201), Austin (n = 200), and Los Angeles (n = 200; N = 601) completed quantitative interviews assessing demographic information, alcohol and drug use, homeless lifestyle risk factors, trauma-related risk factors, and protective factors. Findings showed differences in trauma-related risk factors between alcohol and drug use disorders, but not homeless lifestyle risks. Protective factors predicted substance use disorders beyond risk factors. Understanding trauma-related risk and protective factors associated with substance use disorders could improve interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)66-89
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2 2015
Externally publishedYes

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Homeless Youth
Substance-Related Disorders
trauma
Life Style
drug use
Alcohols
Wounds and Injuries
alcohol
Los Angeles
Demography
Interviews
Protective Factors
Pharmaceutical Preparations
interview

Keywords

  • homeless youth
  • protective factors
  • risk factors
  • substance abuse
  • trauma
  • victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Rehabilitation

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Factors Associated With Substance Use Disorders Among Traumatized Homeless Youth. / Thompson, Sanna J.; Bender, Kimberly; Ferguson-Colvin, Kristin; Kim, Yeonwoo.

In: Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, Vol. 15, No. 1, 02.01.2015, p. 66-89.

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