Psychological distress and drug use patterns of young adult ecstasy users: a complementary analysis of Australian datasets

Smirnov, Andrew, Hayatbakhsh, Reza, Alati, Rosa, Legosz, Margot, Burns, Lucy, Kemp, Robert, Wells, Helene and Najman, Jake M. (2014) Psychological distress and drug use patterns of young adult ecstasy users: a complementary analysis of Australian datasets. Substance Use and Misuse, 49 1-2: 77-86. doi:10.3109/10826084.2013.819366


Author Smirnov, Andrew
Hayatbakhsh, Reza
Alati, Rosa
Legosz, Margot
Burns, Lucy
Kemp, Robert
Wells, Helene
Najman, Jake M.
Title Psychological distress and drug use patterns of young adult ecstasy users: a complementary analysis of Australian datasets
Journal name Substance Use and Misuse   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1082-6084
1532-2491
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/10826084.2013.819366
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 49
Issue 1-2
Start page 77
End page 86
Total pages 10
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Language eng
Subject 2738 Psychiatry and Mental health
2739 Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
3306 Health (social science)
2701 Medicine (miscellaneous)
Abstract We examine psychological distress (PD) in young adult Ecstasy users in relation to age of initiation and frequency of use of Ecstasy, cannabis, alcohol, and tobacco. Using two Australian community samples, we assess whether different sampling methods produce comparable estimates of these associations. The Natural History Study of Drug Use (NHSDU; N = 339) in 2009 used population sampling and the 2009 Ecstasy and Related Drug Reporting System (EDRS; N = 359) used purposive sampling. Participants, aged 19-23 years, were recurrent Ecstasy users. PD was assessed using Kessler 10 in the EDRS and Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale in the NHSDU. In both samples, PD was associated with daily tobacco use and early drug initiation, but not frequent Ecstasy use. One-third smoke tobacco daily. Study limitations and implications are noted. Copyright
Keyword Adolescence
Age of initiation
Ecstasy (drug)
Psychological factors
Tobacco
Young adult
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID LP0776879
Institutional Status UQ

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