Multiple victimization experiences,resources, and co-occurring mental health problems among substance-using adolescents

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This study examined the relationship between multiple types of victimization experiences,psychological and social resources, and co-occurring mental health problems among substance-using adolescents. Data for this cross-sectional study were obtained from a multisite research project in which adolescents ages 11-18 years participated in a comprehensive screen ng program for substance misuse. Multiple types of victimization,low self-efficacy beliefs, lack of support for victimization issues, and available sources of emotional support were positively related to co-occurring mental health problems. These findings suggest that treatment planning and interventions may focus on helping adolescents cope effectively with their victimization experiences and addressing their mental health needs. Particular emphasis may be placed on enhancing self-efficacy and social skills so that adolescents may benefit from their available sources of social support.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)744-763
Number of pages20
JournalViolence and victims
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2012



  • Aolescents
  • Co-occurring problems
  • Externalizing
  • Internalizing
  • Substance use
  • Victimization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Health(social science)
  • Law

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