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Research Snapshot: What predicts concurrent substance use and mental health problems among street-involved youth?

May 16, 2013

Research has found that homeless youth have high rates of mental health problems and substance use, but studies have never looked at how many have both of these issues together. Researchers interviewed 150 street-involved 16- to 21-year-olds in Toronto. The youth answered questions about their mental health and drug use, as well as questions about their experience with homelessness.

To get the full story, read EENet’s Research Snapshot of the article, “Concurrent Mental Health and Substance Use Problems among Street-Involved Youth.” This article, by Maritt Kirst and others, was published in International Journal on Mental Health and Addiction, vol. 9, no. 5 (2011): 543-553.

You can read the Research Snapshot on the EENet website.

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