Anxiety disorders and depression and risk for drug use disorders across the life course: Sex and ethnic contrasts

Barbara Lopez, Florida International University

Abstract

The present study examined the linkage between mental (i.e., anxiety disorders and depression) and drug use disorders in a multi-ethnic (i.e., 25% Euro-American, 38% Hispanic/Latino, 33% African American, 4% other) sample of adults (N = 1638, age 18–93 years old). Risk for drug use disorders was examined, while attending to methodological issues of prior research including (1) psychiatric comorbidity, (2) variations in risk associated with sex, ethnicity, and age, and (3) temporal order between mental and drug use disorders. ^ Participants were assessed using the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI; World Health Organization, 1990). A life history calendar (Freedman et al., 1988) was used to aid the ordering of onsets of all disorders assessed. ^ Preliminary analysis indicated anxiety disorders and depression were significant predictors of drug use disorders, but after controlling for comorbidity and temporal order, anxiety disorders and depression were no longer predictive of drug use disorders. Findings are discussed in terms of their usefulness for prevention and treatment of drug use disorders. ^

Subject Area

Psychology, Clinical

Recommended Citation

Lopez, Barbara, "Anxiety disorders and depression and risk for drug use disorders across the life course: Sex and ethnic contrasts" (2004). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. AAI3151974.
http://digitalcommons.fiu.edu/dissertations/AAI3151974

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