Analysis of data on adolescent substance abuse and delinquency

The literature documenting the trajectory of youth delinquent behavior, substance use, and the impact of various types of service interventions is developing slowly. Likewise, new investigators and young scholars are sometimes reluctant and under trained to conduct research with these hard-to-reach adolescents and retain study samples. Currently, there is one national data set that has tracked a sample of high-risk youth since 1995 with over an 80 percent retention rate--the Northwestern Juvenile Project (NJP). The study includes service utilization, family and social support, and youth behavior variables. Further analysis provides an opportunity to improve the knowledge base and offer an educational opportunity for young investigators to learn the techniques of longitudinal study design, data management, and sample retention of high-risk, hard-to-reach adolescents. This grant provides support for an analysis and report on the NJP data. The project will be housed at the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. A successful project will result in new insights on factors that improve the prospects for high-risk youth, including publication of those insights.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $130,000.00

Awarded on: 1/29/2003

Time frame: 2/1/2003 - 8/31/2005

Grant Number: 46695


Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine

Morton Building 4-656
303 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, 60611-3072


Linda A. Teplin
Project Director