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This study aimed to explore the connections between gender, age, mental health, and substance use. Data from 18,294 respondents between the ages of 12 to 17 from the 2004 National Household Survey on Drug Use were asked about their mental health and substance use. According to the results of the study, the older a respondent is the more likely they are to have higher scores on the depression scale which leads to a higher use of substances. However, after further testing, this model only explained about 5% of the variation in substance use. These results suggest that there may be other variables affecting substance use among teenagers. Further research beyond this study is necessary.
Primary Advisor's Department
Criminal Justice Studies
Stander Symposium Posters, College of Arts and Sciences
"Gender, Mental Health, and Substance Use" (2021). Stander Symposium Projects. 2173.