Home > Substance use among young people living in residential state care.

McCrystal, Patrick and Percy, Andrew and Higgins, Kathryn (2008) Substance use among young people living in residential state care. Child Care in Practice , 14 , (2) , pp. 181-192.

Existing empirical evidence on substance use among young people living in residential state care during adolescence is comparatively limited. This paper reports on substance use trends of young people living in residential state care during three annual datasweeps when aged 14, 15 and 16 years. A repeated cross-sectional research design was utilised in the research. The findings suggest some similarities for lifetime prevalence rates for tobacco and alcohol use for those living in residential state care with a group of same-age young people not living in residential state care who participated in the research. However, solvent abuse and cannabis use was higher among those living in care. More frequent substance use was reported by the residential care sample for all substances at each stage of the study. These findings suggest that young people living in state care continue to merit higher levels of vigilance from researchers and policy-makers in order to fully understand this behaviour and develop appropriate prevention initiatives to meet their needs regarding potential drug problems.

 

Item Type:Article
Date:2008
Page Range:pp. 181-192
Volume:14
Number:2
Notes:DOI: 10.1080/13575270701868819
EndNote:View
Accession Number:HRB (Not in collection)
Subjects:T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
B Substances > Inhalants and solvents
VA Geographic area > Europe > Northern Ireland
B Substances > Alcohol
MP-MR Policy, planning, economics, work and social services > Social services > Services for family and children
B Substances > Cannabis / Marijuana
B Substances > Tobacco (cigarette smoking)

Click here to request a copy of this literature (must be logged in)

Repository Staff Only: item control page