Drug and Alcohol Use Among Homeless Older Adults: Predictors of Reported Current and Lifetime Substance Misuse Problems in a National Sample

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Journal of Applied Gerontology, ISSN: 0733-4648, Vol: 28, Issue: 2, Page: 235-255

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Tracy L. Dietz
SAGE Publications
Nursing; Medicine; substance use; substance misuse; homeless; older adult; ABUSE; DRINKING; DISORDERS; CONSUMPTION; CALIFORNIA; MORTALITY; PATTERNS; GENDER; HEALTH; Gerontology
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Using data from the National Survey of Homeless Assistance Providers and Clients (NSHAPC), predictors of current alcohol and drug misuse problems among homeless, previously homeless, and marginally housed older adults are identified. Childhood sexual assault, victimization, and neglect, being male, being younger, being homeless or previously homeless, being a minority, and having income below US$499 per month increased the odds of reporting a drug problem. Being male, being younger, being homeless, having mental illness increased the odds of reporting an alcohol problem. Reporting any type of substance use problem increased the odds of reporting the other. © 2009 The Author(s).