ارتباط زمانی بین مصرف مواد و بزهکاری در میان جوانان با زمان اولین خطا
|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|38621||2014||6 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||5726 کلمه|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Addictive Behaviors, Volume 39, Issue 6, June 2014, Pages 1081–1086
Abstract Objective Substance use and delinquency among adolescents have been shown to be positively associated; however, the temporal relationship is not well understood. Examining the association between delinquency and substance use is especially relevant among adolescents with a first-time substance use related offense as they are at-risk for future problems. Method Data from 193 adolescents at time of diversion program entry and six months later was examined using cross-lagged path analysis to determine whether substance use and related consequences were associated with other types of delinquency across time. Results Results demonstrated that delinquency at program entry was related to subsequent reports of heavy drinking and alcohol consequences, but not marijuana use or its consequences. In contrast, alcohol and marijuana use at program entry were not related to future reports of delinquency. Conclusions Findings emphasize the need to build in comprehensive assessments and interventions for youth with a first time offense in order to prevent further escalation of substance use and criminal behaviors.
Introduction Positive associations between alcohol, other drug use and delinquency among youth have been well documented (Barnes et al., 2002 and Huizinga et al., 1993). For example, arrested adolescents are more likely to use alcohol and other drugs than non-arrestees (Horowitz, Sung, & Foster, 2006), and studies suggest that over two-thirds of incarcerated adolescents exhibit at least one substance use disorder (Teplin, Abram, McClelland, & Dulcan, 2002). The longitudinal association between substance use and delinquency, however, is not clearly understood. For example, some studies demonstrate that substance use precedes delinquency (Brook et al., 1996 and Loeber, 1988) whereas other studies show that delinquency precedes substance use (Deitch et al., 2000, Doherty et al., 2008 and White and Gorman, 2000). Further, some studies have found reciprocal relationships between delinquency and substance use (Mason & Windle, 2002) whereas other studies have not (Dembo et al., 1994 and Dembo et al., 1995). In general, studies in this area differ in terms of the substances examined (e.g., alcohol, drugs, or some combination), the time periods investigated, and samples utilized, such as school based youth (e.g., Barnes et al., 2002 and Mason and Windle, 2002), high risk, juvenile justice involved youth (e.g., Clingempeel et al., 2005 and D’Amico et al., 2008), homeless youth (e.g., Paradise & Cauce, 2003); and youth with mental health concerns (e.g., Becker et al., 2012). Understanding the temporal ordering of substance use and delinquency in adolescence is critical in order to effectively intervene and prevent these behaviors from further escalation (Dembo, Wareham, Greenbaum, Childs, & Schmeidler, 2009). The association between delinquency and substance use is particularly important to understand for adolescents who have committed a first time offense for a substance-related event. Youth who engage in delinquent behavior at early ages are at risk for future substance use and further delinquency (Mason et al., 2010 and Simons et al., 2002); thus it is likely that youth with a first time offense may be at risk for continued substance use and delinquent behaviors. However, there is little research on this at-risk population, which makes it difficult to understand how early delinquency may lead to future problems (Rasmussen, 2004 and Smith and Chonody, 2010). In addition, adolescents with a first time misdemeanor offense (i.e., non serious offenses) are typically not formally prosecuted and/or detained and therefore rarely receive further intervention (Rasmussen, 2004). However, given that these youth are just starting to experience negative consequences from their use, this is a critical juncture in which to intervene with early intervention and prevention efforts. Targeting interventions for youth early in their criminal justice careers may offer an efficient and effective means to prevent the further escalation of problem behaviors (Carney et al., 2013, D'Amico et al., 2013, D'Amico et al., 2010, Feldstein and Ginsburg, 2007 and Schmiege et al., 2009). Thus, research describing the temporal association between early delinquency and subsequent substance use among at-risk youth can help inform intervention and prevention efforts. Few studies have looked at the short-term association (i.e., within a six month period) between substance use and delinquency. Studying this time period may be advantageous to understanding the immediate, clinically relevant and reciprocal effects (Paradise & Cauce, 2003) as compared to studies that look at these associations over longer periods of time. Analyses that focus on year or longer time periods may fail to capture the more immediate fluctuations in behavior and may miss important information during a critical time of development when teens move from a first time offense to more serious offenses. That is, capturing this association closer in time to a first time alcohol or drug offense for at-risk youth is important given the potential impact of this offense on subsequent behavior. In the field of substance use prevention, programs are classified as ‘universal’, designed for the general population; ‘selective’, designed for at-risk subgroups, such as youth are experimenting with substance use; or ‘indicated’, designed for youth who have been treated but are at high risk for relapse (Institute of Medicine, 1994) (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 1997). This paper presents secondary analyses from a randomized clinical trial (RCT) where youth with a first-time alcohol or other drug offense received one of two group selective interventions in the context of a juvenile justice diversion program called Teen Court (D'Amico et al., 2013). Teen Courts are typically utilized by communities for youth with a first-time nonviolent offense as an alternative to formal processing (Butts, Buck, & Coggeshell, 2002). We examined self-reported delinquent behaviors and substance use upon entry into the program and then six months later. Secondary analyses from randomized clinical trials may help to identify potential predictors of substance use and related behaviors that could lead to enhancements in intervention strategies and help inform theories of behavioral change (Clingempeel et al., 2005). The goal of this paper is to understand whether adolescents who have experienced some negative consequences from their substance use (i.e., a first time offense) show a temporal relationship between their alcohol and other drug use and other delinquent behaviors over the short-term (i.e., six month period). This study examines longitudinal associations between alcohol use, marijuana use, and reported consequences from alcohol or marijuana use with other delinquent behaviors using a cross lagged regression design (Finkel, 1995 and Kenny, 2005). The cross-lagged model explains the amount of variation in one variable at time t that is associated with change in a second variable at time t + 1. We examine the effects of alcohol and marijuana use separately from consequences from use, as recent research has demonstrated that these constructs appear to be distinct (Becker et al., 2012, Blanchard et al., 2003 and Paradise and Cauce, 2003). Thus, it is worth determining if the association between consequences from use and delinquency is different from the association between delinquency and reported use. Moreover, studies have shown that problematic substance use may be more strongly related to delinquency than frequency of use (Mason, Hitchings, & Spoth, 2007), thus we examine both frequency of drinking and alcohol-related consequences. Furthermore, many studies have examined the association between a combination of substances with delinquency that may obfuscate the association and temporal ordering (e.g., Paradise & Cauce, 2003). We therefore examined alcohol and marijuana use separately. We hypothesized that use of both substances (i.e., alcohol and marijuana) and related consequences would be associated with delinquency over time.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
5. Conclusions In summary, to the best of our knowledge, this is the first study to provide evidence of the short-term temporal relationship between substance use, its consequences and delinquency among a sample of youth with a first time alcohol or drug offense. Findings strongly suggest the need to address delinquent behaviors among substance using youth, possibly through interventions that address multiple problem behaviors. There was a strong association between delinquency and subsequent heavy drinking and consequences but little association between delinquency and marijuana use. Results highlight the importance of screening for substance use and other problems and further suggest that targeting interventions for adolescents who are just entering the criminal justice system may provide a more efficient means to prevent further escalation of problem behaviors.