Association of Substance Abuse and Depression among Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatients

Carla Kmett Danielson*, James C. Overholser, Zeeshan A. Butt

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Objective: To determine whether depression levels differ among suicide-attempting and non-suicide-attempting adolescent inpatients in relation to their alcohol use. Method: Ninety-eight adolescents hospitalized at a midwestern psychiatric hospital completed the Children's Depression Inventory and the Rutgers Alcohol Problem-Drinking Index (RAPI). Based on RAPI scores, adolescents were classified as heavy drinkers (n = 36) or light drinkers and nondrinkers (n = 62). Results: Heavy drinkers had significantly more depression than those who were classified as light drinkers or nondrinkers regardless of suicide-attempting status. Conclusions: The results demonstrate a positive association between depression levels and problems with alcohol in adolescents, indicating that youth who both suffer from depression and abuse alcohol may be at higher risk for a suicide attempt.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)762-765
Number of pages4
JournalCanadian Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number11
StatePublished - Dec 2003


  • Adolescents
  • Alcohol abuse
  • Depression
  • Inpatients
  • Suicide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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