Year: 1993 Source: Journal of School Health, v.63, no.2, (February 1993), p.104-108 SIEC No: 19930600

This research among 1,915 Mississippi adolescents investigated whether lonely adolescents who use illicit substances were at increased risk of hopelessness. Lonely, substance-using adolescents were 25 times more likely to be severely hopeless than the reference group of non-substance using, not-lonely adolescents. Because hopelessness often is an indicator of suicidal behaviour, these results may have important implications for school health adolescent suicide prevention efforts. (23 refs.)