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Prevention program built young women's resilience to partners' use

May 9, 2014
by Gary A. Enos, Editor
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For a group of young adult women with a substance use history, an intimate partner's drug use had a significant bearing on their own use, but this was less likely to influence use for women who as adolescents had participated in a family-focused prevention program, a recent study found.

Published in the March issue of the Journal of Research on Adolescence, the study of 153 young adult women with prior involvement in the juvenile justice system found that participation in Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care led to greater decreases in drug use in young adulthood than a usual-care regimen. The women in the study had an average age of just over 22 at follow-up, which took place over a 24-month period.

Researchers led by Kimberly A. Rhoades of the University of Oregon Child and Family Center found that those women who had participated in Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care as teens were more resilient to partner drug use in young adulthood than were women in the comparison group.

Study results were published in a special section of the journal that was devoted to risk and resilience factors in young females' intimate relationships.