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NCJ Number: 104763 Find in a Library
Title: Drug and Alcohol Involvement Amony Israeli Youth (From Israel Studies in Criminology, V 7, P 54-87, 1984, S Gloria Shoham, ed. - See NCJ-104759)
Author(s): S G Shoham; G Rahav; Y Esformes; J Blau; N Kaplinsky; R Markovsky; B Wolf; Chard
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 34
Sponsoring Agency: Sheridan House Inc
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
Sale Source: Sheridan House Inc
145 Palisade Street
Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A three-part research project found peer and family relationships to be connected with drug involvement in Israeli youth and also showed the youths' use of alcohol to be linked to the use of marijuana and tobacco.
Abstract: The subjects were 776 males and females in the 9th through 12th grades in 8 schools reflecting a wide range of locations, familial backgrounds, and socioeconomic levels. Students completed questionnaires that gathered information on demographic characteristics; involvement with marijuana, narcotic pills, alcohol, and cigarettes; parental control; involvement with youth activities; delinquency; attitudes toward drugs; and psychological problems. Subjects involved with marijuana were more likely than other subjects to have marijuana-using friends, to be male and members of youth movements, and to have less parental supervision. Data from a subsample consisting of the 65 youths most involved with marijuana and 35 other randomly selected youths from the original sample received further analysis. Two clusters of youths with high involvement with marijuana were identified: youths from low-income problem families with many children and poor parental control, and youths of high socioeconomic status who were seeking exposure to new thrills. The close connection between marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol involvement indicated the existence of an underlying factor: readiness to experiment with mood-changing substances. Those tending to drink more alcohol were youths with delinquency problems, involvement in youth activities, psychosomatic problems, and low parental control. All these are characteristics of the low socioeconomic segment of the population, in which parental problems do not leave time for parents to exercise proper education or control over their children. Tables and 10 references.
Main Term(s): Drug abuse causes
Index Term(s): Israel; Juvenile drug use; Marijuana; Underage Drinking
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