Gender differences in psychiatric comorbidity among adolescents with substance use disorders

William W. Latimer, Andrea L. Stone, Amanda Voight, Ken C. Winters, Gerald J. August

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Abstract

The authors examined gender differences in rates of comorbid psychiatric disorders among adolescents with 1 or more psychoactive substance use disorders. Baseline diagnostic data were obtained from 135 adolescents, ages 12 to 19, and their parents-guardians, who participated in a study to develop and efficacy test Integrated Family and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Rates of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and conduct disorder were higher among drug-abusing male adolescents compared with drug-abusing female adolescents. However, high rates of disruptive behavior disorders also characterized drug-abusing female adolescents. Similarly, drug-abusing female adolescents exhibited a higher rate of major depression compared with drug-abusing male adolescents. However, rates of dysthymia, double depression (i.e., major depression and dysthymia), and bipolar disorder were equivalent between genders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)310-315
Number of pages6
JournalExperimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology
Volume10
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2002

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