Craving among polysubstance-using adolescents

Paul Florsheim, Teisha Shiozaki, Regina Hiraoka, Stephen Tiffany, Sarah Heavin, Spencer Hall, Noelle Teske, Carl Clegg

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The phenomenon of drug craving among adolescents with substance use disorders has been largely overlooked by addiction researchers. This study was designed to: (1) assess craving among adolescents with polysubstance use disorders (SUDs); and (2) examine the association between personality traits and craving among adolescents with SUDs. Craving was found to be amultidimensional phenomenon that demonstrated some degree of consistency across substances (in this case, marijuana and alcohol). Selected personality traits were associated with distinct components of craving; for example, adolescent substance users who obtained high sensation-seeking scores tended to crave the excitement associated with drug use. Adolescents who obtained high anxious-neuroticism scores tended to crave the experience of distress relief associated with drug use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)101-124
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 6 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Adolescents
  • Craving
  • Individual differences
  • Personality
  • Polysubstance use

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Psychology(all)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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