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Longitudinal Study of the Relationship Among Marijuana/Hashish Use, Cocaine Use, and Delinquency in a Cohort of High Risk Youths

NCJ Number
Journal of Drug Issues Volume: 21 Issue: 2 Dated: (Spring 1991) Pages: 271-312
Date Published
42 pages
Study of the relationship between drug use and crime over time remains an important topic in the field.
Data from a longitudinal study of detained juveniles are examined to address this issue. Results indicate that self-reported delinquent behavior and alcohol use prior to initial interview are key predictors of reported delinquent behavior during the 10- to 15-month follow-up period. However, self-reported drug use and urinalysis test results, measured at initial interview, and prior delinquent behavior are significant predictors of the use of marijuana/hashish and cocaine over time. The research and policy implications of these findings are drawn. 13 notes, 9 tables, and 71 references (Author abstract)

Date Published: January 1, 1991