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Teens in Child Welfare System Show Higher Drug Abuse Rate

(11/4/2013)

Teens in Child Welfare System Show Higher Drug Abuse Rate
ScienceDaily
November 4, 2013

Teenagers in the child welfare system are at higher-than-average risk of abusing marijuana, inhalants and other drugs, according to a study in the November issue of the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.  However, the study also shows that parental involvement matters. "When youth perceive that their parents or caregivers are actively engaged in their lives, this may steer them away from drugs," according to lead researcher Danielle L. Fettes, Ph.D., of the University of California, San Diego. "Youth who feel supported by parents tend to have a better sense of self and better mental health and, in this case, are less likely to engage in high-risk behaviors -- which is important for this already high-risk population."

View the full article here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131104035404.htm


Keywords: teens, child, welfare, system, higher, drug, abuse, rate



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