Gender differences in pathways from physical and sexual abuse to early substance use.

Summary: Examines the relationship between child physical and sexual abuse and early substance misuse amongst young people known to child protection services. Uses a sample of 11-13-year-olds (467 girls and 329 boys). Results suggest a significant indirect effect of physical abuse to early substance misuse as a result of externalising behaviour problems in girls only. Recommends integrating mental health and substance use services.

Authors: Julia M. Kobulsky
Journal: Children and youth services review (Vol.83), December 2017, pp 25-32
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