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  • The cost of drug use in adolescence: Young people, money and substance abuse

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    Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, Vol: 14, Page: 19-28,Taylor & Francis Ltd

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    Aims & Objectives:

    The aim of this study was to examine the spending pattern of money by young people, and its important when investigating drug use during adolescence


    It is now common for young people in full-time compulsory education to hold part-time jobs. However, while the 1990s experienced a rise in illicit drug use particularly among young people and an increase in the level of interest in identifying factors associated with drug use, little attention has been paid to the influence of the money young people have to spend and its potential links with drug use. Four thousand five hundred and twenty-four young people living in Northern Ireland completed a questionnaire in school year 10 (aged 13/14 years). The findings suggested that there was a positive association between the amount of money young people received (and its source) and higher rates of drug use. The study concludes that money, and how it is spent by young people, may be an important factor for consideration when investigating drug use during adolescence. The findings may help inform drug prevention strategies, particularly through advice on money management, and taking responsibility for their own money. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR] Copyright of Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy is the property of Taylor & Francis Ltd and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)


    Patrick McCrystal; Andrew Percy; Kathryn Higgins

    Study Type:

    Study Papers » Case Study » Descriptive Studies - Without a comparision


    Article 09687637 Accession Number: 24154684; McCrystal, Patrick 1; Email Address:; Percy, Andrew 1; Higgins, Kathryn 1; Affiliations: 1: Institute of Child Care Research, Queens University Belfast, Belfast, Northern Ireland Source Info: Feb2007, Vol. 14 Issue 1, p19; Thesaurus Term: DRUG abuse; Thesaurus Term: SUBSTANCE abuse; Thesaurus Term: MONEY; Thesaurus Term: TEENAGERS; Subject Term: DRUG abuse surveys; Subject Term: RISK factors; Subject Term: NORTHERN Ireland; Author-Supplied Keyword: Drug use; Author-Supplied Keyword: money; Author-Supplied Keyword: young people; Number of Pages: 10p; Illustrations: 3 charts, 1 graph. Document Type: Article


    investigating drug use

    International Classification:

    Drugs - investigating use



    Northern Ireland (Northern Ireland)