The purpose of the study was to examine the relationship between the misuse of prescription medication and dating violence that can be attributed to violent engagement behaviors and medication diversion among high school students. Secondary data obtained from the Centers for Disease Control, 2009 Youth Risk Behavioral Surveillance System (YRBS) was utilized to conduct a quantitative analysis. The statistical significant findings suggest gender, ethnicity, and grade level are major risk factors contributing to the misuse of prescription medication. Remarkably, a significant relationship was found between prescription medication misuse and dating violence including being hit by their boyfriend or girlfriend and being forced to have sex. Additional findings suggest a relationship between prescription medication misuse, violent engagement behaviors and medication diversion. The findings of this study can assist social work professionals in developing and implementing intervention strategies and treatment modalities for individuals who misuse prescription medication and to promote healthy relationships.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/04M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Social work, Public health, Criminology|
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