Tobacco and Other Drug Use Among Foster Care Children in West Virginia
Chi-square analyses were conducted to determine if age, gender, placement type and geographic region were associated with tobacco and other drug use among 1,710, 12-17 year olds screened in 2012-2013. Over a quarter (32%) of the 12-17 year old adolescents smoked cigarettes and 24% used other drugs at the time of screening. Analyses showed that age was significantly associated with tobacco (χ2 = 71.782, p <.001, df = 2) and drug use (X2 = 51.367, p <.001, df = 1,) with a significant difference in drug use between male and female FC adolescents (χ2 = 4.353, p=.031, df = 1). Analyses also revealed that placement type (agency vs. home) was significantly associated with tobacco (X2 = 424.483, p <.001, df = 1) and other drug use (X2 = 324.963, p <.001, df = 1) in this population. Programmatic and policy implications of these analyses will be presented and discussed.
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Describe the extent of tobacco use, tobacco exposure, and other drug use of Foster Care children in West Virginia Explain implications of the results Identify recommendations in terms of interventions and training and certification needs for Foster Care providers
Keyword(s): Tobacco Use, Minority Research
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked on several projects related to adolescent risk behaviors including tobacco and drug use. Among my scientific interests has been the development of strategies to explore and address co-occurring behavioral issues in minority adolescent populations.
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