Rural Adolescent Substance Use: Community Causes and Cures

The Routledge International Handbook of Rural Criminology (Joseph F. Donnermeyer, ed., 2016)

Posted: 7 Nov 2015

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Lisa R. Pruitt

University of California, Davis - School of Law

David Gomez

University of California, Davis

Date Written: November 5, 2015

Abstract

This chapter examines current research on adolescent substance use in a rural context. The research consisted of numerous national and international youth health surveys that not only measured substance use, but also accounted for risk and protective factors unique to the rural community. Literature focused on prevalence rates revealed that rural youth consume both illicit and prescription drugs at higher rates than metropolitan youth. Poor school bonding, idleness, poverty and decreased access to health care contribute to the rise in rural adolescent substance use. It is recommended that research on this topic continue to expand in order to identify solutions to this hidden problem

Keywords: crime, criminology, substance use, drug abuse, controlled substances, criminology, geography, legal geography, rural, protective factors, risk factors

JEL Classification: K14

Suggested Citation

Pruitt, Lisa R. and Gomez, David, Rural Adolescent Substance Use: Community Causes and Cures (November 5, 2015). The Routledge International Handbook of Rural Criminology (Joseph F. Donnermeyer, ed., 2016) . Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2686781

Lisa R. Pruitt (Contact Author)

University of California, Davis - School of Law ( email )

Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall
Davis, CA CA 95616-5201
United States

David Gomez

University of California, Davis ( email )

One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616
United States

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