The link between recent sexual abuse and drug use among african american male college students: It's not just a female problem in and around campus

  • Amos C
  • Peters R
  • Williams L
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Abstract

This study examined the relationship between sexual abuse in or around campus and drug use among young African-American males in college. It offers cross-sectional analysis of data collected from the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Awareness and Use Study (ASAAUS). Data collection took place in October 2004 via a self-administered survey among 181 African-American male students. Males who reported past sexual abuse in or around campus were significantly more likely than nonsexually-abused males to have used tobacco (41% v. 19%, p < .05), alcohol (82% v. 49%, p < .05), marijuana (59% v. 30%, p < .05), and cocaine (18% v. 2%, p < .05) in the 30 day preceding the interview. Logistic regression analyses indicated that sexual abuse history in or around campus was significantly associated with past year (OR = 9.8, p < or = 0.001) and past 30 day (OR = 5.0, p < or = 0.001) drug use.

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  • Abuse
  • College
  • Drugs
  • Males
  • Sex
  • Students

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Authors

  • Ronald J. Peters

  • Lena Williams

  • Regina Jones Johnson

  • Queen Martin

  • George S. Yacoubian

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