Data pertaining to prevalence and frequency of drug use were obtained from 1,394 Western Australian metropolitan high school students using a self-report questionnaire.
Alcohol, marijuana, tobacco, hallucinogens, and amphetamines were reported as the most prevalent substances, with over 50% of « current drug users » using alcohol and marijuana on a frequent basis (i.e., weekly to more than once per day).
Significant interactions existed between Gender and prevalence of tobacco and hallucinogens ; and School Year Level and prevalence of tobacco, alcohol, hallucinogens and amphetamines.
In terms of the frequency of use, significant interactions were found between Gender and marijuana ; and between School Year Level and tobacco.
Approximately 40% of substance-using participants used one single substance, 40% used two or three substances, and 20% used four or more substances.
The results suggest there is a need for educators to have a greater understanding of the patterns of substance use in order for them to more aptly shape drug education programs.
Mots-clés Pascal : Consommation, Substance toxicomanogène, Boisson alcoolisée, Tabac, Fréquence, Prévalence, Sexe, Niveau étude, Adolescent, Homme, Australie, Océanie, Epidémiologie
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Consumption, Drug of abuse, Alcoholic beverage, Tobacco, Frequency, Prevalence, Sex, Education level, Adolescent, Human, Australia, Oceania, Epidemiology
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Code Inist : 002B18C05A. Création : 12/09/1997.