Peer Substance Use and Homelessness Predicting Substance Abuse from Adolescence Through Early Adulthood

Adolescents who experience homelessness are at higher risk for abusing substances, and for being exposed to substance-using peers. The current study used a longitudinal design to track substance abuse, affiliation with substance-using peers, and episodes of homelessness among a sample of 223 adolescents who were housed at the baseline data collection and 148 adolescents who were housed at baseline. Participants were interviewed at six waves over 6.5 years, covering an age range from 13 to 25. Many participants experienced a recurrence of homelessness during follow-up, with 64.6 % of the baseline homeless group and 22.6 % of the baseline housed group reporting an additional episode of homelessness. 

Publication Date: 
2013
Publisher(s): 
SpringerLink
Pages: 
520–529
Volume: 
51
Issue: 
3-4
Journal Name: 
American Journal of Community Psychology
Location: 
United States