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Puberty and the onset of substance use and abuse.

Authors
  • Patton, George C
  • McMorris, Barbara J
  • Toumbourou, John W
  • Hemphill, Sheryl A
  • Donath, Susan
  • Catalano, Richard F
Type
Published Article
Journal
PEDIATRICS
Publisher
American Academy of Pediatrics
Publication Date
Sep 01, 2004
Volume
114
Issue
3
Identifiers
PMID: 15342890
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Pubertal stage was associated with higher rates of substance use and abuse independent of age and school grade level. Early maturers had higher levels of substance use because they entered the risk period at an earlier point than did late maturers. The study findings support prevention strategies and policies that decrease recreational substance use within the peer social group in the early teens.

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