Gayathri J. Dowling

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Substance abuse among older adults has received little attention in the past, presumably because this population has traditionally accounted for only a small percentage of the drug abuse problem in the United States. The aging of the baby boomer generation (born 1946–1964), however, will soon swell the ranks of older adults and dramatically alter the(More)
BACKGROUND Gender is increasingly being studied for risk and protective factors underlying substance abuse and addiction. OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to assess gender differences in rates of substance abuse and dependence among drug users. METHODS A national population sample was examined, focusing on 2 age groups (youths, aged 12-17 years, and(More)
Retention efforts are critical to maintain relationships with research participants over time. This is especially important for the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study, where families are asked to stay engaged with the study throughout the course of 10 years. This high-degree of involvement is essential to longitudinally track child and(More)
Adolescence is a time of dramatic changes in brain structure and function, and the adolescent brain is highly susceptible to being altered by experiences like substance use. However, there is much we have yet to learn about how these experiences influence brain development, how they promote or interfere with later health outcomes, or even what healthy brain(More)
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