Drug Testing of Juvenile Detainees to Identify High-Risk Youth in Florida, 1986-1987 (ICPSR 9686)

Principal Investigator(s): Dembo, Richard


This data collection examines the interrelationships among drug/alcohol use, childhood sexual or physical abuse, and encounters with the juvenile justice system. To identify high-risk individuals, youths in a Tampa juvenile detention center were given urine tests and were asked a series of questions about past sexual and/or physical abuse. Official record searches were also conducted 6, 12, and 18 months afterward to measure later encounters with the juvenile or criminal justice systems. The investigators used the youths' urine test results as the primary measure of drug use. On the basis of their review of Florida's statutes, the investigators developed outcome measures for the following offense categories: violent felonies (murder/manslaughter, robbery, sex offenses, aggravated assault), property felonies (arson, burglary, auto theft, larceny/theft, stolen property offenses, damaging property offenses), drug felonies (drug offenses), violent misdemeanors (sex offenses, nonaggravated assault), property misdemeanors (larceny/theft, stolen property offenses, damaging property offenses), drug misdemeanors (drug offenses), and public disorder misdemeanors (public disorder offenses, trespassing offenses). Other variables measured physical and sexual abuse, emotional and psychological functioning, and prior drug use. Demographic variables on sex, race, age, and education are also contained in the data. The individual is the unit of analysis.

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Study Description


Dembo, Richard. Drug Testing of Juvenile Detainees to Identify High-Risk Youth in Florida, 1986-1987. ICPSR09686-v1. Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002. https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09686.v1

Persistent URL: https://doi.org/10.3886/ICPSR09686.v1

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This study was funded by:

  • United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice (86-IJ-CX-0050)

Scope of Study

Subject Terms:    aggravated assault, drug law offenses, drug testing, felony offenses, juvenile justice, juvenile offenders, juveniles, property crimes, psychological evaluation, sex offenses, substance abuse, urinalysis, youths at risk

Geographic Coverage:    Florida, Tampa, United States

Date of Collection:   

  • 1986--1989

Universe:    All individuals admitted to a regional detention center in the Tampa Bay area.

Data Type(s):    event/transaction data, survey data


Sample:    Initial interviews were completed with 398 Florida youth detainees admitted to a regional detention center in the Tampa Bay area who agreed to participate and were not transferred to the center from another secure facility. All female detainees and a random sample of half of the male detainees were invited to participate in the study.

Data Source:

personal interviews, urine specimens, police records, Florida Department of Corrections records

Extent of Processing:   ICPSR data undergo a confidentiality review and are altered when necessary to limit the risk of disclosure. ICPSR also routinely creates ready-to-go data files along with setups in the major statistical software formats as well as standard codebooks to accompany the data. In addition to these procedures, ICPSR performed the following processing steps for this data collection:

  • Standardized missing values.
  • Performed recodes and/or calculated derived variables.
  • Checked for undocumented or out-of-range codes.


Original ICPSR Release:   1992-03-04

Version History:

  • 2002-06-07 The ASCII codebook was converted to PDF.

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