Cognitive capacity in female adolescent substance abusers.

  title={Cognitive capacity in female adolescent substance abusers.},
  author={Ralph E. Tarter and Ada C. Mezzich and Yi Hsieh and S. Parks},
  journal={Drug and alcohol dependence},
  volume={39 1},
Female adolescents who qualified for a DSM-III-R diagnosis of psychoactive substance use disorder (n = 106) were compared to normal controls (n = 74) on a battery of cognitive, intellectual and achievement tests. It was found that the substance abuse group performed deficiently on tests requiring language skills, sustained attention and perceptual efficiency and scored lower than controls on standardized tests of intelligence and academic achievement. No relationship between magnitude of… CONTINUE READING


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