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Presented at the 17th Annual Research Conference

Substance Abuse and the Functioning of Transition-Aged Youth with Psychiatric Disorders

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Session Number: 38 Room: Salon C & D

Presenting: Maryann Davis; Valerie Williams

All Authors for this paper: Maryann Davis; Valerie Williams; Bernice Fernandez

Presentation Type: part of symposium

Synopsis: Youth who had serious emotional disturbances or psychiatric disorders in childhood or adolescence generally have poor young adult functioning. Substance-related disorders increase dramatically from early adolescence to early adulthood in this population. The present study examined the relative contribution of substance-related and psychiatric disorders to decreased young adult role functioning by examining 15-25 year old subjects in the National Comorbidity Study (NCS) in which 8,098 respondents, ages 15-54, from a nationally representative sample of community households were interviewed. Findings indicate that substance-related disorders alone account for some but not other differences in functioning. Relationship to services will be discussed.

Date: Tuesday, March 2, 2004

Session Time: 1:15 PM - 2:45 PM