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HBSC Network Publishes: Do societal wealth, family affluence and gender account for trends in adolescent cannabis use? A 30 country cross-national study

This study examined changing cross national trends in frequent cannabis use among European and North American adolescents, and related these to societal wealth, family affluence and gender. The analysis was led by Tom ter Bogt (HBSC Netherlands) and involved members of HBSC’s Risk Behaviour Focus Group and several national teams.
 
Researchers used data from three cycles of the HBSC study (2001/02, 2005/06 and 2009/10) to perform cross-sectional and trend analyses of adolescent cannabis use. Their analysis found that the frequency of life-time cannabis use decreased over time among European and North American adolescents, particularly in western European countries and the United States. However, the same trend was not found consistently in countries undergoing rapid development such as those in eastern, central and southern Europe. This study found that, over time, cannabis use became: 1) less characteristic of high GDP countries in contrast to lower GDP countries, 2) less characteristic of youth from highly affluent families in contrast with less affluent families, and 3) characterized by an increasing gender gap with consumption found to be higher among males than females. The findings also indicate that the perceived availability of cannabis and peer contacts remained a strong predictor of cannabis use among adolescents.

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contact: Mr Joseph Hancock

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[11-12-2013 to 10-09-2014]

 


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