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Mayock, Paula (2002) Drug pathways, transitions and decisions: the experiences of young people in an inner-city Dublin community. Contemporary Drug Problems , 29 , (1) , pp. 117-156.

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This paper reports on selected findings from an ethnographic study of drug use by young people in a Dublin inner-city community considered to be "high risk" for problem drug use. In-depth individual interviews and focus-group discussions were used to generate extensive data on the social and drug-related experiences of young people ages 15-19 years. Fifty-seven young people were interviewed individually, and a subsample of 24 took part in focus-group discussions. The paper explores young people's drug "journeys" and documents emerging drug pathways. It examines the processes relevant to young people's drug transitions, drawing attention to the role of risk perceptions and risk boundaries in decision-making about drugs. The findings highlight the role of social/contextual influences in the onward transitions to new drugs and suggest that drug choices are strongly mediated by young people's experience of, and interaction with, their social environment.

 

Item Type:Article
Date:2002
Call No:AA2,TA14, VH4.2 Dublin
Page Range:pp. 117-156
Publisher:Federal Legal Publications Ltd
Volume:29
Number:1
Keywords:causal pathways, Dublin, ethnography, high-risk youth, inner city, qualitative research method, qualitative study, young adult, young AOD user, youth (stage of life)
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Accession Number:HRB 2501 (Available)
Subjects:T Demographic characteristics > Adolescent / youth (teenager / young person)
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland
VA Geographic area > Europe > Ireland > Dublin
T Demographic characteristics > Child
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Natural history of substance use > Initiation
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Risk and protective factors
L Social psychology and related concepts > Social context > Context of initiation of substance use
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour

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