A Framework to Examine Gateway Relations in Drug Use: a N Application of Latent Transition Analysis.

@article{MaldonadoMolina2010AFT,
  title={A Framework to Examine Gateway Relations in Drug Use: a N Application of Latent Transition Analysis.},
  author={Mildred Maldonado-Molina and Stephanie T. Lanza},
  journal={Journal of drug issues},
  year={2010},
  volume={40 4},
  pages={901-924}
}
A progressive and hierarchical sequence of drug use suggests that a sequence of stages of drug use can describe the order by which adolescents try drugs. We propose an operational definition to test gateway relations by providing a framework with the aim of describing a set of conditions to guide the evaluation of whether a drug serves as a gateway for another drug. We used data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health to demonstrate how using latent transition analysis we can… CONTINUE READING

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