Male teens are less likely to use marijuana use with strong parent support

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A study led by FAS researchers, Jason Goldstick and Justin Heinze, studied how parental support and perceived peer behaviors increase or decrease the risk for marijuana use and if it is different between age and gender. Peer influences are found to be the most important risk factor for substance use, and parental support is frequently found to protect against substance …

Study explores links between violence exposure, friendship, and depression in teens

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A new study led by PRC faculty member, Justin Heinze examined the exposure to violence during adolescence and how that may increase the risk of depression and anxiety symptoms in early adulthood. Researchers also took into account the individual’s friendship attachment during adolescence and whether it influences the risk of the depression and anxiety symptoms in adulthood. Secure friendship attachment …

Social Support Can Mitigate Negative Health Outcomes of Violence Victimization Among Girls

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New research published in the Journal of Women’s Health, uses data from FAS participants to examine long term outcomes of violence victimization in African American women. The research confirmed associations drawn in previous studies between violence victimization, psychological distress, and substance abuse, but went a step further and investigated the indirect effects of these factors on pap smear results and …

Exploring the relationship between exposure to violence during adolescence and adult depression

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This past week, FAS researchers traveled to Denver, Colorado to present some recent findings from the Flint Adolescent Study at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting. The study explored the relationship between adult attachment style, exposure to violence during adolescence and depression during adulthood. Researchers found evidence that was consistent with previous findings supporting the association between exposure to violence …

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Polish adolescents are less likely to use alcohol and cigarettes if they have strong maternal support

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A  study of middle school students in Warsaw, Poland examined both the risk factors and promotive factors associated with adolescent substance abuse.  The survey questionnaire and items were based on those used for Flint Adolescent Study. Researchers found that Polish adolescents were less likely to use alcohol and cigarettes if they had strong maternal support, while friends’ and non-parental use and acceptance of …

Family dynamics throughout teen years linked to sexual risk behaviors

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A new publication from the Flint Adolescent Study explores how family functioning throughout the adolescent years relates to sexual risk behaviors among teens. HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) remain a major public health concern in the US. Adolescents are at increased risk for HIV/STI and Black adolescents are disproportionately affected.  Previous studies have linked decreased family conflict and increased …

Fear of violence leads to weight problems for some young women

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ANN ARBOR—Young African-American women who live in fear of the violence in their neighborhoods are more likely to become obese when they reach their 20s and 30s, new research from the University of Michigan Flint Adolescent Study shows. The community-based study in Flint, Mich., reveals that African-American girls who express fear about their violent surroundings at age 15 experienced a …

Youth with close friendships less likely to experience depression

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Friendship attachment style during adolescence is linked to depressive symptoms for Africans Americans during the transition to young adulthood. A recent publication from the Flint Adolescent Study explored how attachment style might influence depression for low-income, urban African American adolescents at high risk for both insecure attachment and depression. Previous research have identified several types of friendship attachment styles. Individuals …

Exposure to violence may lead to depression but mother’s support can help

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Youth living in disadvantaged areas are often exposed to violence daily, both within the home and the community. Growing up in these conditions can lead to feelings of distress, hopelessness and depression. The good news is that positive communication and support from mothers can help youth overcome these negative effects. Our most recent publication from the Flint Adolescent Study, examined these relationships. Specifically, …

Youth with solid educational goals may steer clear of violence

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ANN ARBOR—Young African-American men who have well-established educational aspirations by the time they are in 9th grade are less likely than their peers to engage in violent behavior at age 22, researchers from the University of Michigan have found. The team also found that exposure to community violence led boys without such aspirations to be more accepting of violent behavior …