Early pubertal maturation in the prediction of early adult substance use: A prospective study

Hayatbakhsh, Mohammad R., Najman, Jake M., McGee, Tara R., Bor, William and O'Callaghan, Michael J. (2009) Early pubertal maturation in the prediction of early adult substance use: A prospective study. Addiction, 104 1: 59-66. doi:10.1111/j.1360-0443.2008.02382.x

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Author Hayatbakhsh, Mohammad R.
Najman, Jake M.
McGee, Tara R.
Bor, William
O'Callaghan, Michael J.
Title Early pubertal maturation in the prediction of early adult substance use: A prospective study
Journal name Addiction   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0965-2140
Publication date 2009-02-01
Year available 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1360-0443.2008.02382.x
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 104
Issue 1
Start page 59
End page 66
Total pages 8
Editor Robert West
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publisher Wiley- Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Subject C1
111706 Epidemiology
920414 Substance Abuse
Formatted abstract
To examine whether self-reporting a later stage of pubertal development in early adolescence predicts young adults' use of illicit drugs.

Population-based prospective birth cohort study.

Follow-up of a cohort of mothers and their children, recruited between 1981 and 1983.

Cohort of 2710 young adults who completed a self-report questionnaire about their use of cannabis and amphetamines at the 21-year follow-up.

Young adults' use of cannabis and amphetamines were measured at the 21-year follow-up. Stage of pubertal development was assessed at the 14-year follow-up. Potential confounding and mediating variables were assessed between birth and when the child was 14 years.

Of 2710 young adults, 49.9% (47.3 females and 52.7% males) reported that they had used cannabis and 21.0% (18.9% females and 23.3% males) reported that they had used amphetamines and cannabis by 21 years. In multivariate analyses, adolescents with a later stage of puberty were more likely to use cannabis or amphetamines in young adulthood. This association was not confounded by mother's education or child's gender and age. Part of the relationship was explained by the higher frequency of child externalizing behaviour at 14 years.

The findings warrant further attention to puberty as a sensitive period in an individual's development. With regard to prevention, there is a need to understand more about the pathways between pubertal development, child behaviour problems and substance use.
Keyword Adolescent
substance use
young adult
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published Online: 3 Nov 2008. -- Special Issue : The Alcohol Industry and Alcohol Policy.

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