Drug use among homeless young people in Los Angeles and Melbourne
Doreen Rosenthal, Shelley Mallett, Norweeta Milburn, Mary Jane Rotheram-Borus
JOURNAL OF ADOLESCENT HEALTH | ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC | Published : 2008
PURPOSE: To examine the effect of time spent homeless on young people's substance use and use of drug and alcohol services in two countries with contrasting policy and service environments. METHODS: A crossnational survey was conducted of recently homeless and experienced homeless young people in Melbourne (N = 674) and Los Angeles (N = 620). Questions were asked about alcohol and drug use in the past 3 months, frequency of use, injecting drug use, drug dependency, and perceived need for, and use of, drug and alcohol services. Data were analyzed using logistic regression. RESULTS: Substantial numbers of young people reported use of alcohol and drugs. More Australians than Americans and more ..View full abstract
Awarded by National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Awarded by NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH
The authors wish to thank Paul Myers, Judith Edwards, Andrea Witkin, and a team of interviewers for their contributions to this research. The research reported in this paper was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Grant number: MH61185.