Adolescent Drug Use and Adult Drug Problems in Women: Direct, Interactive, and Mediational Effects

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Stacy, Alan W.; Newcomb, Michael D.
psychosocial and drug use variables in adolescence predictive of drug use problems in adulthood; 16 yr old females; 3 yr study; Clinical Psychology; Substance Abuse and Addiction
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Lex (1991, 1993) outlined a number of key differences in the characteristics, consequences, and genesis of substance abuse among women compared with men. She suggested that recent efforts in studying women as a special population have not yet filled all the gaps in knowledge. Similar conclusions have been reached by the Wilsnacks and their colleagues in their reviews focusing on alcohol abuse among women (e.g., Wilsnack & Wilsnack, 1995; Wilsnack, Wilsnack, & Hiller-Sturmhöfel, 1994). In particular, Wilsnack and Wilsnack (1990) noted that research on polydrug use among women has been neglected. We feel that longitudinal studies on the development of problems from polydrug use in women may be particularly beneficial in filling important gaps in knowledge, especially if this research spans crucial transitions in women's lives (Newcomb, 1996a, 1996b).