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NCJ Number: 227975 Find in a Library
Title: Substance Misuse Amongst Young People in Non-School Settings: Challenges to Practitioners and Policy Makers
Journal: Child Abuse Review  Volume:18  Issue:4  Dated:July - August 2009  Pages:240-253
Author(s): Patrick McCrystal
Date Published: July 2009
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Northern Ireland Dept of Health, Social Services and Public Safety, Research and Development Office
Belfast, BT4 3SJ
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This paper explored trends of substance misuse (cannabis) among youth in the United Kingdom.
Abstract: Results show that lifetime use of cannabis reported by participants in the High Risk Booster Samples was higher for those who continue to attend school (i.e. the 'in care' sample). While a higher level of use was reported by the 'in care' sample for 2 of the 3 years of the survey, the youth remained in school. The youth with moderate learning difficulty reported comparatively limited cannabis use throughout the research. Cannabis use amongst the high-risk booster sample reached a high of approximately 8 out of 10 participants during the third year of the research and remained at this level until the end of the study. Amongst the school sample, life use of cannabis was comparatively lower at the beginning of the research, rising gradually each year until the fourth year when the young people were aged 14-15 years of age. At this stage, more than 4 out of 10 in the sample reported lifetime cannabis use. At this level, use stabilized with only a modest increase reported during the fifth stage of the research. This study highlights the challenges facing policymakers and practitioners when addressing substance use and misuse amongst the youth. Data were collected from 4,000 young people attending 43 mainstream schools using the Belfast Youth Development Study (BYDS), a longitudinal study of adolescent substance use. Tables and references
Main Term(s): Marijuana
Index Term(s): Drug abuse; Drug abuse in foreign countries; Drug use; Drug Use Indicators; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug use; Juvenile foster homes; Juvenile offenders; Young juvenile offenders
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