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Women who gave birth as unmarried adolescents: trends in substance use from adolescence to adulthood.

Authors
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of Adolescent Health
1054-139X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
39
Issue
2
Pages
237–243
Identifiers
PMID: 16857536
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Clinicians should routinely assess substance use among young mothers who bore children as teenagers, and make referrals for appropriate treatment. Cigarette smoking is especially a cause for concern, given its widespread use and harmful effects for both mothers and their children. Although only a small proportion (about 5%) of young mothers used hard drugs consistently over time, this group will likely require comprehensive interventions that address multiple issues such as mental health and contextual factors to be effective. Future research should address reasons for continued substance use in this population.

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