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NCJ Number: 169748 Find in a Library
Title: Russian Adolescent Drug Use and Comparisons to United States Adolescents
Journal: Substance Use & Misuse  Volume:32  Issue:14  Dated:(1997)  Pages:2151-2162
Author(s): S D Scheer; D G Unger
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 12
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study provides descriptive and comparative data for establishing baseline levels of Russian adolescent drug use.
Abstract: There is limited data on drug use by Russian youth since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. This study provides a convenience sample of 150 Russian adolescents (mean age = 15.4 years) who were surveyed at a suburban Moscow secondary school during the fall of 1992. The findings showed that tobacco and alcohol were the most commonly used drugs, and that there were gender differences in their use. The other illicit drugs were essentially absent from this group of Russian students. More Russian girls than boys had used alcohol, while more boys had used tobacco and at an earlier age than the girls. Tobacco and alcohol use among the Russian sample was similar to that among American samples. Differences were attributed to age variations in the two countries' samples. The findings of this study are representative of only this particular school and grade of Slavic-Russian girls and boys. Large representative sampling is needed to generalize findings of Russian adolescent drug use to the country's 66 million youths. This article recommends national longitudinal and qualitative research designs for future studies in Russia. Tables, references
Main Term(s): Controlled Substances
Index Term(s): Age group comparisons; Alcoholic beverage consumption; Drug research; Juvenile drug use; Russian Federation; Self-report studies; Surveys; Tobacco use; US/foreign comparisons
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