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Just say know: An examination of substance use disorders among older adults in gerontological and substance abuse journals

Rosen, D and Engel, RJ and Hunsaker, AE and Engel, Y and Detlefsen, EG and Reynolds, CF (2013) Just say know: An examination of substance use disorders among older adults in gerontological and substance abuse journals. Social Work in Public Health, 28 (3-4). 377 - 387. ISSN 1937-1918

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Abstract

This article examines the extent to which studies of alcohol abuse, illicit drug use, and prescription drug abuse among older adults appear in the leading gerontological and substance abuse journals. The authors reviewed articles published in the 10 social science gerontological journals and the 10 social science substance abuse journals with the highest 5-year impact factors in PubMed from 2000 to 2010. Articles were selected that presented original research on alcohol, substance, or prescription abuse with older adults aged 50 and older; and were identified through aging and substance abuse-related Medical Subject Headings and word searches of titles and abstracts (N = 634). Full text of each article was reviewed by the authors, and consensus determined inclusion in the final sample. Of the 19,953 articles published respectively in the top 10 gerontological and substance abuse journals, 181 articles met the inclusion criteria of reporting findings related to substance use disorders among older adults. Specifically, 0.9% (102 of 11,700) of articles from the top 10 gerontology journals and 1.0% (79 of 8,253) of articles from the top 10 substance abuse journals met the criteria. Most published articles addressed alcohol misuse/abuse or polysubstance abuse with few articles addressing illicit drug use or the misuse of prescription medications. Less than 1% of articles published in the 10 gerontology journals and the 10 substance abuse journals with the highest 5-year impact scores addressed substance abuse in older adults. Practitioners treating health and/or mental health problems are at a disadvantage in accurately identifying and treating these conditions in older adult populations without a proper understanding of the role of comorbid substance use disorders. © 2013 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Rosen, Ddar15@pitt.eduDAR15
Engel, RJ
Hunsaker, AE
Engel, Y
Detlefsen, EGellen@pitt.eduELLEN
Reynolds, CF
Date: 1 May 2013
Date Type: Publication
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Journal or Publication Title: Social Work in Public Health
Volume: 28
Number: 3-4
Page Range: 377 - 387
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1080/19371918.2013.774668
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: School of Information Sciences > Library and Information Science
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1937-1918
PubMed ID: 23731426
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2013 22:07
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 23:56
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/19188

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