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McCrystal, Patrick and Higgins, Kathryn and Percy, Andrew and Thornton, Maeve (2005) Adolescent substance abuse among young people excluded from school in Belfast. Drugs: Education, Prevention and Policy, 12, (2), pp. 101-112. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687630512331323503.

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The lifestyles of young people excluded from school have received much attention recently, particularly in relation to illicit drug use. Commentators have acknowledged that they constitute a high-risk group to social disaffection and substance abuse. This paper reports on a group of 48 young people living in Belfast aged 13-14 years who are considered to be at a particularly high risk to substance abuse because they are excluded from school. The evidence in this paper suggests that many are already exhibiting potentially high-risk behaviours to problem drug use compared with their contemporaries in mainstream education.

This paper examines the evidence within the context of a limited existing literature base on this group of young people. It suggests that a more focused approach is required for the development of appropriate drug-prevention strategies to meet their needs.


Item Type
Article
Publication Type
Irish-related, Open Access, Article
Drug Type
All substances
Date
2005
Identification #
https://doi.org/10.1080/09687630512331323503
Page Range
pp. 101-112
Publisher
Informa healthcare
Volume
12
Number
2
EndNote
Accession Number
HRB 4058 (Electronic Only)
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