Combined 2006 to 2008 data indicate that 18.6 percent of adolescent females got into a serious fight at school or work in the past year, 14.1 percent participated in a group-against-group fight, and 5.7 percent attacked others with the intent to seriously hurt them; about one quarter (26.7 percent) of adolescent females engaged in at least one of these violent behaviors in the past year. Adolescent females who engaged in at least one of these violent behaviors were more likely than those who did not to have indicated past month binge alcohol use (15.1 vs. 6.9 percent), marijuana use (11.4 vs. 4.1 percent), and use of illicit drugs other than marijuana (9.2 vs.3.2 percent). The rate of substance use was higher the more types of violent behaviors the girls engaged in (e.g., binge drinking in the past month was reported by 6.9 percent of girls with none of the violent behaviors, 12.6 percent of those with one type of violent behavior, 17.3 percent of those with two types, and 27.2 percent of those with three types indicated).
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Date Added: 1/15/10
Inventory #: NSDUH09-1217