Understanding the Role of Neighborhoods on Urban Youth’s Substance Use and Mental Health: A Community-Based Substance Abuse Prevention Project
Funded by: National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director
Project dates: September 2020 - August 2025
Principal Investigator: Opara, Ijeoma

This study will determine whether there is a significant association between neighborhood characteristics, substance abuse, and mental health symptoms among urban youth. Using innovative methods in recruitment such as venue-based sampling, this study will obtain a representative sample of youth to include those who are most at-risk such as street- involved and truant youth. Results from this study will advance the field of substance abuse prevention by including hidden populations of youth to inform the adaptation of a substance abuse prevention intervention.

Abstract on NIH RePORTER