Jennifer C West

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PURPOSE Use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) is increasing, but some dietary supplements have potentially negative side effects. This study examines CAM and dietary supplement use among a national sample of adolescents. METHODS A total of 1280 adolescents 14-19 years old completed an online survey in 2002 about lifetime and past-30-day use(More)
The large gap between intervention outcomes demonstrated in efficacy trials and the apparent ineffectiveness of these same programs in community settings has prompted investigators and practitioners to look closely at implementation fidelity. Critically important, but often overlooked, are the implementers who deliver evidence-based programs -- the(More)
8.6% suicidal ideation (SI) was found among 349 urban 6-9 year olds in the top tercile of aggressive-disruptive behavior. SI was associated with more self-reported depression, ODD, conduct problems, and ADHD symptoms (ES 0.70-0.97) and 3.5-5 times more clinically significant symptoms. Parents rated more symptoms in older children associated with SI compared(More)
Current measures of implementer fidelity often fail to adequately measure core constructs of adherence and competence, and their relationship to outcomes can be mixed. To address these limitations, we used observational methods to assess these constructs and their relationships to proximal outcomes in a randomized trial of a school-based preventive(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore adolescents' knowledge of and beliefs about dietary supplements, including herbs, and over-the-counter (OTC) medications. METHODS Eighteen focus groups with 81 adolescents in Monroe County, New York, explored teens' familiarity with and beliefs about CAM, specifically dietary supplements. We asked about general health beliefs and(More)
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