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Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Planet Youth. (2021) Growing up in the West. Planet Youth county report Galway 2020. Galway: WRDATF.

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Planet Youth is an international evidence-based primary prevention model, developed in Iceland, that has been used to reduce substance use rates amongst adolescents. The model’s whole population approach offers an opportunity to improve health outcomes for young people in many areas of their lives. It works by directly targeting the risk and protective factors in young people’s lives that determine their substance use behaviours and enhancing the social environment they are growing up in. By developing targeted interventions that seek to reduce the identified risk factors and strengthen the identified protective factors, the problems associated with adolescent substance use can be reduced or prevented before they arise. 

The Planet Youth model relies on the data derived from biennial cross-sectional surveys that are conducted using the Planet Youth questionnaire. This comprehensive lifestyle questionnaire is administered to the 15-16 year olds in the target community. There are questions on their substance use, physical health, mental health, physical activity, family and school experience, internet use, bullying and many other categories. There are 73 primary questions in the current Planet Youth questionnaire and a total of 1,631 variables, all of which can be examined and cross-tabulated. 

In December 2020, all of the pupils in Galway that returned to school after completing the Junior Cycle were invited to complete the Planet Youth questionnaire. This report summarises the findings and is based upon 2,540 15 and 16 year-olds attending the 46 post-primary schools and 5 Youthreach centres in the county.

Item Type
Report
Publication Type
Irish-related
Drug Type
All substances
Intervention Type
Prevention, Harm reduction, Screening / Assessment
Date
2021
Pages
52 p.
Publisher
WRDATF
Corporate Creators
Western Region Drug and Alcohol Task Force, Planet Youth
Place of Publication
Galway
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Subjects
A Substance use and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour
A Substance use and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
B Substances > Cannabis / Marijuana
B Substances > Substances in general
B Substances > Alcohol
B Substances > Tobacco (cigarette smoking)
B Substances > Cannabis product (Cannabinoids)
B Substances > Inhalants and solvents > Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
B Substances > CNS stimulants > MDMA > Ecstasy
B Substances > Cocaine
F Concepts in psychology > Motivation
F Concepts in psychology > Attitude > Attitude toward substance use
G Health and disease > State of health > Mental health
G Health and disease > Substance use disorder > Alcohol use disorder > Alcohol intoxication
J Health care, prevention, harm reduction and rehabilitation > Risk and protective factors > Risk factors
J Health care, prevention, harm reduction and rehabilitation > Prevention by setting > Youth project / club based prevention
L Social psychology and related concepts > Interpersonal interaction and group dynamics > Peer relations / social networks
L Social psychology and related concepts > Interpersonal interaction and group dynamics > Peer relations / social networks > Level of substance use among peers
L Social psychology and related concepts > Family > Family and kinship > Family relations > Family role
L Social psychology and related concepts > Family > Family and kinship > Family relations > Family role > Role of parent / guardian
L Social psychology and related concepts > Social context
L Social psychology and related concepts > Availability, accessibility, and supply
T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
T Demographic characteristics > Student (secondary level)
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland > Galway

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