This brief explores how social stress and community attachment are related to problem alcohol and drug use for girls and boys in Coös County, New Hampshire. The brief uses survey data from the Coös Youth Study, which includes self-reported information from 564 Coös youth who were in seventh and eleventh grades in 2008, and who were surveyed again one year later (in 2009) when they were in eighth and twelfth grades. Nearly one-fourth of youth in Coös County (22 percent of boys and 23 percent of girls) reported at least one alcohol or drug use related problem. The authors note that Coös youth who feel more connected to their communities are less likely to report substance use problems one year later and that even the most "stressed out" youth can benefit from the effects of community attachment.
Durham, N.H. : Carsey Institute, University of New Hampshire
Van Gundy, Karen T. and Mills, Meghan L., "Teen stress and substance use problems in Coös: Survey shows strong community attachment can offset risk" (2011). The Carsey School of Public Policy at the Scholars' Repository. 153.
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