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Apantaku-Olajide, Tunde and James, Philip and Smyth, Bobby P (2014) Association of educational attainment and adolescent substance use disorder in a clinical sample. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 23, (3), pp. 169-176. https://doi.org/10.1080/1067828X.2013.786921.

This study explores substance use, psychosocial problems, and the relationships to educational status in 193 adolescents (school dropouts, 63; alternative education, 46; mainstream students, 84) who attended a substance abuse treatment facility in Dublin, Ireland. The study found that the 3 groups exhibited statistically significant differences in their substance use problems, with the school dropouts displaying significantly more problems. The need for early detection and intervention of at-risk students, and collaborative interagency work aimed at addressing substance use, cannot be overemphasized as strategies to ultimately prevent school dropout.


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