Substance use, mental disorders, abuse, and crime: Gender comparisons among a national sample of adolescent drug treatment clients


Journal Article

This paper describes important gender comparisons in drug and alcohol use, illegal activity, physical and sexual abuse, and mental health problems among a large sample of adolescents (N = 3, 382) who were treated from 1993 to 1995 in adolescent-oriented drug programs that participated in the Drug Abuse Treatment Outcome Study of Adolescents. Most of the adolescents reported regular use of marijuana and alcohol; males had higher rates of illegal activity and involvement with the juvenile justice system; females reported more sexual abuse, while males reported more physical abuse; and males and females had equal rates of conduct disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. © 1998 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Rounds-Bryant, JL; Kristiansen, PL; Hubbard, RL; Fairbank, JA

Published Date

  • July 19, 1998

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 7 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 19 - 34

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1547-0652

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1067-828X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1300/J029v07n04_02

Citation Source

  • Scopus