Journal article

The relationship between early risk-taking behavior and mental health problems among a nationally representative sample of Australian youth

Anna Smout, Nicola Clare Newton, Tim Slade, Brian O'Donoghue, Cath Chapman

Journal of Affective Disorders | ELSEVIER | Published : 2020

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Earlier engagement in risk-taking behaviors has been associated with more severe mental health problems across development. However, sex differences in risk-outcome relationships remain underexplored and mental health outcomes spanning both ends of the internalizing and externalizing spectra are rarely considered within the same sample. The present study examined associations between age at initiation of alcohol use, illicit drug use, and sexual intercourse, and symptoms of internalizing, externalizing, depression and self-harm, for males and females. METHODS: The present study analyzed self-report survey data from a nationally representative sample of Australian adolescents (N=2..

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Grants

Awarded by Centre of Research Excellence in Prevention and Early Intervention in Mental Illness and Substance Use (PREMISE) via an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of Research Excellence Grant


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship and the Centre of Research Excellence in Prevention and Early Intervention in Mental Illness and Substance Use (PREMISE) via an Australian National Health and Medical Research Council Centre of Research Excellence Grant (APP1134909).