Factors Associated with Substance Use Disorders Among Traumatized Homeless Youth.
Graduate School of Social Work
This study aimed to identify homeless youths’ lifestyle and trauma-related risk factors as well as protective factors associated with alcohol use disorder or no disorder and drug use disorder or no disorder. Youth receiving homeless services in Denver (n = 201), Austin (n = 200), and Los Angeles (n = 200; N = 601) completed quantitative interviews assessing demographic information, alcohol and drug use, homeless lifestyle risk factors, trauma-related risk factors, and protective factors. Findings showed differences in trauma-related risk factors between alcohol and drug use disorders, but not homeless lifestyle risks. Protective factors predicted substance use disorders beyond risk factors. Understanding trauma-related risk and protective factors associated with substance use disorders could improve interventions.
Thompson, S. J., Bender, K., Ferguson-Colvin, K., & Kim, Y. (2015). Factors associated with substance use disorders among traumatized homeless youth. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 15(1), 66-89. doi: 10.1080/1533256X.2014.996229
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