Journal article

Gender differences in psychosocial complexity for a cohort of adolescents attending youth-specific substance abuse services

Penelope F Mitchell, Jozica J Kutin, Kathryn Daley, David Best, Andrew J Bruun

CHILDREN AND YOUTH SERVICES REVIEW | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

This study examines gender differences in the characteristics of young people (N = 1000) attending alcohol and other drug (AOD) services in the state of Victoria, Australia. Females demonstrate levels of substance use that are at least as high, and perhaps more harmful than that of males. Our data add to a growing base of evidence that young women attending youth AOD services experience additional psychosocial problems at higher rates than their male counterparts. This evidence is now fairly consistent in regard to mental health problems, self-injury, suicide attempts, and homelessness. Findings from this study further suggest that the gender imbalance may extend to child protection involvem..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Support for this work was provided entirely by the Youth Support and Advocacy Service Pty Ltd. Many thanks are due to the frontline workers who took the time from already very busy schedules to participate in this research.