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NCJ Number: NCJ 242685     Find in a Library
Title: Sex and Grade Level Differences in Marijuana Use Among Youth
Journal: Journal of Drug Education  Volume:42  Issue:3  Dated:2012  Pages:361 to 377
Author(s): Keith A. King, Ph.D. ; Rebecca A. Vidourek, Ph.D. ; Ashlee R. Hoffman, M.A., M.S.
Date Published: 2012
Page Count: 17
Publisher: http://baywood.com 
Type: Report (Study/Research) ; Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Students in seventh through twelfth grades completed a survey examining the impact of perceived harm of marijuana use, ease of access in obtaining marijuana, and perceived parent/peer disapproval of marijuana use on youth involvement in annual and recent marijuana use.
Abstract: A total of 54,361 students in seventh through twelfth grades completed a survey examining the impact of perceived harm of marijuana use, ease of access in obtaining marijuana, and perceived parent/peer disapproval of marijuana use on youth involvement in annual and recent marijuana use. Results indicated that 1 in 6 (16 percent) students used marijuana in the past year, while 1 in 10 (10 percent) used marijuana in the past month. Students at highest risk for marijuana use were those who felt use was not harmful/somewhat harmful, felt it was easy/very easy to access marijuana, and had parents/peers who did not disapprove of use. Findings can assist prevention specialists to more thoroughly understand how perceived harm, ease of access, and parent/peer disapproval affect marijuana use among youth. Consistent parent-child communication on marijuana use should be encouraged. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Marijuana ; Drug effects ; Drug prevention programs ; Peer influences on behavior ; Male female juvenile offender comparisons ; Drug abuse education ; Parental influence ; Gender issues
   
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