ARCH Lab Student Publishes Paper

Ahmad Qadeer, a Master’s student (alumnus) with the ARCH Lab, published a paper entitled “A comparative study of substance use in young adolescents with and without chronic health conditions” in Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse. Using data from the Ontario Child Health Study, this paper examined the prevalence and odds of, as well as risk factors for, substance use among Canadian adolescents with chronic health conditions. Results showed that the odds of ever having tried alcohol were higher among adolescents with chronic health conditions compared to healthy counterparts. Findings also showed that among adolescents with chronic health conditions, those who were older and exhibited symptoms of mental health problems were at increased odds of reporting lifetime heavy alcohol use.