Risk factors for adolescent substance abuse. Implications for pediatric practice

Pediatr Clin North Am. 1987 Apr;34(2):481-93. doi: 10.1016/s0031-3955(16)36228-9.


This article describes the range of indicators to observe when considering which teenagers may be at risk for development of substance abuse. Currently, the notion of what constitutes a problem among teenagers is a controversy--thus the subject is approached from several major viewpoints. First, one may look at longitudinal studies and then make an attempt to construct some sort of substance abuser profile. Also, genetic predisposition may be considered.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior
  • Age Factors
  • Alcoholism / psychology
  • Family
  • Humans
  • Pediatrics
  • Risk
  • Stress, Psychological
  • Substance-Related Disorders* / genetics
  • Substance-Related Disorders* / psychology