Development and Prevention of Substance Abuse Problems

This project aims to discern how early conduct disorder leads to substance-use problems; to understand processes of resilience to substance use development among conduct problem children; and to test the efficacy of a conduct disorder prevention program in preventing substance use problems in young adulthood.

Principal Investigators:
John E. Bates, PhD (Indiana University)
Karen L. Bierman, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University)
Kenneth A. Dodge, PhD (Duke University)
Mark T. Greenberg, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University)
John E. Lochman, Ph.D. (University of Alabama)
Robert J. McMahon, Ph.D. (University of Washington)
Gregory S. Pettit, PhD (Auburn University)
Ellen E. Pinderhughes, Ph.D. (Tufts University)

The following aims are the core of the project:

  1. To describe comorbidity, growth, and cross-temporal relations among violence, substance-use problems, and risky sexual behavior across development.
  2. To test a developmental dynamic cascade model that posits that child genetic and early life experience factors interact to produce later antisocial outcomes as mediated through acquired social information-processing patterns.
  3. To test the efficacy of the Fast Track intervention to prevent violence, substance-use problems, and risky sexual behavior in young adulthood.