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A hierarchy of drug use in adolescene: behavioral and attitudinal correlates of substantial drug use
Am J Psychiatry 1975;132:1155-1163.
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The authors studied drug use in a representative sample of suburban junior and senior high school students. They found high levels of drug use overall and a substantial amount of drug involvement among junior high school students. They also found that drugs were used in clusters, that there was a distinctive age-related pattern of drug use, and that the progressive-step therory of drug use was not confirmed. A number of behavioral and attitudinal variables correlated with a tendency toward a high level of drug use. The implications of these findings include the need for targeted drug education and prevention programs and a differentiated approach to the study of drug use among adolescents.

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