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Study: Low Self-Esteem Leads To Addiction

Thursday, 06 April 2006 12:00 AM

Boys with low self-esteem are much more likely to wind up as drug addicts, according to Florida State University researchers who say positive attention and professional counseling can make all the difference for such youngsters

FSU sociology professors John Taylor and Donald Lloyd analyzed data from nearly 900 adolescent boys over 9 years. They found that children with very low self-esteem were 1.6 times more likely to meet the criteria for drug dependence nine years later than other children.

They also found that 37 percent of the youngsters who reported using drugs at age 13 later met criteria for drug dependence. compared to only 3 percent of those who had not tried drugs by 13.

The findings underscore the importance of identifying children with low self-esteem for prevention and early intervention efforts before they reach ages associated with drug experimentation, Taylor said.

"The fact that you can identify a group of people who are at risk for problematic behaviors is very important," he said." If you can intervene on a group of people before they begin drug use or embark on a cycle of addiction, that could have huge health benefits."

By the time the study participants were 20 years old, nearly 64 percent had used drugs, and 10 percent of those drug users had developed a drug dependency.

"If you're a parent of a young child and you notice that the child has very low self-esteem, that should be a warning signal that this child needs some attention or perhaps professional counseling," Taylor said.

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