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Trajectories of alcohol and cigarette use among sexual minority and heterosexual girls

Marshal, MP and King, KM and Stepp, SD and Hipwell, A and Smith, H and Chung, T and Friedman, MS and Markovic, N (2012) Trajectories of alcohol and cigarette use among sexual minority and heterosexual girls. Journal of Adolescent Health, 50 (1). 97 - 99. ISSN 1054-139X

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To examine disparities between sexual minority girls (SMGs) and heterosexual girls in trajectories of substance use over time. Girls were included in the analyses if they were 1218 years of age at wave 1 and did not miss sexual orientation data at wave 4 (n = 7,765). Latent curve models were estimated across all four waves (extending from middle adolescence into young adulthood) to examine trajectories of cigarette and alcohol use. Initial levels of substance use were higher for SMGs than they were for heterosexual girls. SMGs also exhibited sharper escalations in use across all substances over time as they were transitioning into young adulthood. Persistent rates of cigarette and heavy alcohol use among SMGs may increase their risk for a host of mental and physical health problems in adulthood. Clinicians should be prepared to discuss SMG health topics effectively and in private, and discuss prevention and intervention programs with girls at risk.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Marshal, MPmpm1@pitt.eduMPM1
King, KM
Stepp, SDstephanie_stepp@pitt.eduSDS36
Hipwell, Aaeh5@pitt.eduAEH5
Smith, H
Chung, Tchungta@pitt.eduCHUNGTA
Friedman, MSmsf11@pitt.eduMSF11
Markovic, Nninam@pitt.eduNINAM
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for LGBT Health Research
Date: 1 January 2012
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Adolescent Health
Volume: 50
Number: 1
Page Range: 97 - 99
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2011.05.008
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Behavioral and Community Health Sciences
School of Dental Medicine > Dental Science
School of Medicine > Medicine
School of Medicine > Psychiatry
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1054-139X
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2013 21:12
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 14:56


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