Characteristics of substance use and self-injury among American Indian adolescents who have engaged in binge drinking

Mary F. Cwik, Summer Rosenstock, Lauren Tingey, Novalene Goklish, Francene Larzelere, Rosemarie Suttle, Emily Haroz, Kyle Hill, Mariddie Craig, Allison Barlow

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalAmerican Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

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