A longitudinal analysis of some risk and protective factors in marijuana use by adolescents receiving child welfare services

Tyrone Cheng, Celia C. Lo

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The present study sought to identify risk and protective factors in marijuana use by adolescents involved in child welfare services. Longitudinal records of 1797 adolescents were extracted from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being data set. The obtained multivariate results from generalized estimating equations showed that an adolescent's likelihood of being a current marijuana user rose with prior lifetime use of the drug and was also associated with out-of-home child welfare services, perceived parental monitoring, perceived closeness to parent, engagement with school environment, and age. Implications for child welfare services are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1667-1672
Number of pages6
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Issue number9
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2011



  • Adolescents
  • Foster care
  • Maltreatment
  • Marijuana use

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