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Addaction, Youngminds. Aynsley, Agnes and Bradley, Rick and Buchanan, Linssay and Burrows, Naomi and Bush, Marc . (2017) Childhood adversity, substance misuse and young people’s mental health. London: Addaction. 16 p.

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Substance misuse is just one form of risk-taking behaviour, and can be a sign that young people are dealing with adversity, trauma, and/or experimenting with their identities. Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are events that have a traumatic and lasting effect on the mental health of young people.

Children who experience four or more adversities, are twice as likely to binge drink, and eleven times more likely to go on to use crack cocaine or heroin


Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Report
Drug Type:Alcohol or other drugs in general, Cannabis, Cocaine, Opioid
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD prevention, AOD disorder harm reduction, Crime prevention
Date:2017
Pages:16 p.
Publisher:Addaction
Corporate Creators:Addaction, Youngminds
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:F Concepts in psychology > Specific attitude and behaviour > risk-taking behaviour
G Health and disease > State of health > Mental health
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Emotional trauma
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Risk and protective factors > Risk factors
L Social psychology and related concepts > Interpersonal interaction and group dynamics > Social support
L Social psychology and related concepts > Marital relations > Family and kinship > Family relations > Parent-child relations
T Demographic characteristics > Child
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
T Demographic characteristics > Child of substance user
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom > England

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