Profiles of current disruptive behavior: Association with recent drug consumption among adolescents

Carla L. Storr, Veronica H. Accornero, Rosa M. Crum

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Instead of using scale thresholds and standard diagnostic criteria, latent class analysis was used to elucidate distinct subgroups of adolescents based on symptom profiles of the 24 Youth Self-Report items assessing attention-deficit hyperactivity, oppositional and conduct problem behaviors. We then investigated the extent to which being classified into different classes of disruptive behavior was associated with drug consumption in the month prior to the survey assessment. Three latent classes of disruptive behavior emerged along a continuum of severity. Youth classified into a class representing multiple and more serious behavior problems were found to have the highest rates of drug use, particularly involving inhalants and marijuana. Contrary to our hypotheses, younger adolescent females in this class reported a higher rate of past month drug use than similarly aged males. Drug use also was found to be common among youth in a class with a greater proportion of subclinical levels of behavior problems. Adolescents evidencing multiple behavior problems, particularly emerging conduct problems, need to be thoroughly assessed for recent drug involvement.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)248-264
Number of pages17
JournalAddictive Behaviors
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2007


  • Adolescence
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity
  • Conduct
  • Disruptive behavior
  • Drug abuse
  • Oppositional defiant

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Toxicology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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