Childhood and Adolescent Predictors of Substance Abuse in Emerging Adulthood

This is a continuation of a longitudinal study to expand our knowledge of the processes related to the development of substance use from adolescence through emerging adulthood.

For the past sixteen years, ORI researchers have been studying the same group of local children (now young adults) to investigate the risk and protective factors associated with the development of substance use. This study provides a unique picture of the trajectory of substance use as children develop from elementary school through adolescence and into emerging adulthood. Results suggest that drug prevention efforts should target the elementary and early middle school years, so as to change social images, intentions and willingness to use substances prior to experimentation.


1/1/98 - 2/28/15


National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)