October 18, 2017

Prevalence and Treatment of Mental Health and Substance Use Problems in the Early Emerging Adult Years in the United States: Findings from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health

This article, authored by NAHIC’s Sally Adams, David Knopf, and Jane Park, appears in Emerging Adulthood. According to the study,

  • Young adults ages 18-25 had higher rates of mental health (MH) and substance use (SU) disorders, but lower treatment rates, compared to adults ages 26-34.
  • Among young adults, fewer than 50% received treatment for MH problems and fewer than 11% received treatment for SU disorders, among those with these problems.
  • MH problems were more prevalent than SU disorders among young adult women, while SU disorders were more common among young adult men
  • Other socio-demographic differences were identified, including lower treatment rates among non-White young adults all but one MH and SUB problem examined.

To view the abstract and article, please click here.