News Release

Association of attending a high-performing high school with substance use disorder rate, health outcomes in young adults

JAMA Network Open

Peer-Reviewed Publication

JAMA Network

About The Study: In this study of 1,270 youths, those who attended a high-performing public charter high school reported substantially lower rates of substance use disorder and delinquent behaviors through age 21. Attendance at such a school was also associated with substantially better physical health and lower obesity or overweight rates among male participants but substantially worse physical health outcomes among female participants. This study used the random school admissions lottery system of high-performing public charter high schools in low-income neighborhoods of Los Angeles to examine the health outcomes of students who applied to at least one of five of these high schools. Participants attended 147 different high schools and were randomly selected from those who won the admissions lottery (intervention group) and those who were placed on a waiting list (control group).

Authors: Mitchell D. Wong, M.D., Ph.D., of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA in Los Angeles, is the corresponding author.

To access the embargoed study: Visit our For The Media website at this link  


Editor’s Note: Please see the article for additional information, including other authors, author contributions and affiliations, conflict of interest and financial disclosures, and funding and support.

#  #  #

Embed this link to provide your readers free access to the full-text article This link will be live at the embargo time

About JAMA Network Open: JAMA Network Open is the new online-only open access general medical journal from the JAMA Network. On weekdays, the journal publishes peer-reviewed clinical research and commentary in more than 40 medical and health subject areas. Every article is free online from the day of publication.

Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.