Drug use among maltreated adolescents receiving child welfare services

Tyrone Cheng, Celia C. Lo

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This study investigated the impact of child maltreatment, child welfare services, parental substance abuse, and parent-child relationship on adolescents' drug use. In a secondary data analysis of 1799 adolescents, data were extracted from the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being. Ordered probit regression showed that level of hard drug use within the past 30. days related to adolescents' lifetime use of hard drugs, emotional closeness to parent, sexual maltreatment, and receipt of in-home services. Implications for services and research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1735-1739
Number of pages5
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2010


  • Child welfare
  • Drug use
  • Maltreatment


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