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Characteristics of Substance Abuse and Self-Injury among American Indian Adolescents Who Have Engaged in Binge Drinking

TitleCharacteristics of Substance Abuse and Self-Injury among American Indian Adolescents Who Have Engaged in Binge Drinking
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsCwik, MF, Rosenstock, S, Tingey, L, Goklish, N, Larzelere, F, Suttle, R, Haroz, E, Hill, K, Craig, M, Barlow, A
JournalAm Indian Alsk Native Ment Health Res
Volume25
Pagination1-19
ISBN Number1533-7731
Accession Number29889946
Abstract

Binge drinking appears to be a risk factor, facilitator, and method of suicidal and non-suicidal self-injury for some American Indian (AI) youth. We examined characteristics, patterns, and motivations for binge use among AI adolescents (N = 69; 10-19 years-old) who recently engaged in binge drinking. The majority used alcohol alone (53.7%) or a combination of alcohol and marijuana (31.3%) for their binge event. Gender differences emerged with boys more severely affected than girls. Forty-seven percent reported lifetime suicidal thoughts. This study represents one of the first in-depth examinations of substance use and related behaviors among AI adolescents who have engaged in recent binge use.