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Drug Use or Abstinence as a Function of Perceived Stressors Among Federally Supervised Offenders

Volume 67 Number 3
December 2003

Stress has been linked to increased risk for substance abuse among various populations, yet research comparing stressors of federal offenders who refrain from or use drugs while under supervision is nonexistent. The authors compare federal offenders who refrained from or used drugs while under supervision on five dimensions of stress, finding that offenders who used drugs reported significantly higher stress levels on all five dimensions than those who refrained.