Social Factors in Medication and Alcohol Use by the Aged

Cynthia Robbins, Principal Investigator, Delaware Component

Initiated: 1990

Funding Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse

Project Summary:

This project was a collaborative effort among researchers at the University of Delaware, Oregon State University, the University of Arizona, and the University of Kentucky to study social factors in medication and alcohol use by the aged in a sample of elderly respondents living in Lexington, Kentucky.

Select Publications:

Robbins, Cynthia A. and Richard R. Clayton. 1992. “Gender-Related Differences in Psychoactive Drug Use among Older Adults.” Journal of Drug Issues 19(2): 207-219.

Robbins, Cynthia A. 1991. “Social Roles and Alcohol Abuse among Older Men and Women.” Family and Community Health 13(4): 37-48.

Coons, Stephen J., Sharon L. Sheahan, Steven S. Martin, Jon Hendricks, Cynthia A. Robbins, and Jeffrey A. Johnson. 1994. “Predictors of Medication Noncompliance in a Sample of Older Adults.” Clinical Therapeutics 16: 110-117.

Sheahan, Sharon L., Stephen J. Coons, Cynthia A. Robbins, Steven S. Martin, John Hendricks, and Melissa Latimer. 1995. “Psychoactive Medication, Alcohol Use, and Falls among Older Adults.” Journal of Behavioral Medicine 18(2): 127-140.