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Substance Abuse and the Functioning of Transition-Aged Youth with Psychiatric Disorders
Systems and Psychosocial Advances Research Center Publications and Presentations
  • Maryann Davis, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Valerie Williams, University of Massachusetts Medical School
  • Bernice Gershenson, University of Massachusetts Medical School
UMMS Affiliation
Department of Psychiatry
Publication Date
Document Type
Conference Proceeding
Mental Disorders; Adolescent; Substance-Related Disorders

Summary: Youth who had serious emotional disturbances or psychiatric disorders in childhood or adolescence generally have poor young adult functioning. Substance-related disorders increase dramatically from early adolescence to early adulthood in this population. The present study examined the relative contribution of substance-related and psychiatric disorders to decreased young adult role functioning by examining 15-25 year old subjects in the National Comorbidity Study (NCS) in which 8,098 respondents, ages 15-54, from a nationally representative sample of community households were interviewed. Findings indicate that substance-related disorders alone account for some but not other differences in functioning. Relationship to services will be discussed

Paper presented on March 2, 2004. Proceedings published in 2005. Link to handout at

Davis, M., Williams, V., & Fernandes, B. (2005). Substance abuse and the functioning of transition-aged youth with psychiatric disorders. In c. Newman, K. Kutash, and R. Friedman (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th Annual research Conference, A System of Care for Children’s Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base. Tampa, FL: University of South Florida, Florida Mental Health Institute, Research and Training Center for Children’s Mental Health
Citation Information
Maryann Davis, Valerie Williams and Bernice Gershenson. "Substance Abuse and the Functioning of Transition-Aged Youth with Psychiatric Disorders" (2004)
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