Lipschitz-Elhawi R, Itzhaky H. The contribution of internal resources, external resources, and emotional distress to use of drugs and alcohol among Israeli Jewish urban adolescents. Subst Use Misuse. 2014 Mar;49(4):475-8. PMID: 24341751.

Subst Use Misuse. 2014 Mar;49(4):475-8. doi: 10.3109/10826084.2013.856638. Epub 2013 Dec 17.

The contribution of internal resources, external resources, and emotional distress to use of drugs and alcohol among Israeli Jewish urban adolescents.

Lipschitz-Elhawi R(1), Itzhaky H.

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(1)School of Social Work, Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan, Israel.

The contribution of selected background variables (age, gender), internal resources (mastery, emotional maturity), external resources (parental and peer support), and emotional distress to alcohol and drug use among 160 Israeli Jewish urban high school students were examined. Analyzing the variables with hierarchical regression, emotional distress contributed most significantly to both alcohol and drug use, and the contribution of age was somewhat less significant for both of them. Emotional distress also contributed indirectly to drug use through an interaction with one's sense of mastery. Gender, internal resources, and external resources contributed differentially to alcohol and drug use. Whereas gender and internal resources contributed only to drug use, external resources contributed only to alcohol use. Specifically, peer support contributed positively to alcohol use whereas parental support contributed negatively. The discussion provides explanations for these research findings and their implications, and the research's limitations are noted.

PMID: 24341751 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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