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Attitudes and perceived risk of cannabis use in Irish adolescents

Overview of attention for article published in Irish Journal of Medical Science, July 2015
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Title
Attitudes and perceived risk of cannabis use in Irish adolescents
Published in
Irish Journal of Medical Science, July 2015
DOI 10.1007/s11845-015-1325-2
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P. Barrett, C. Bradley

Abstract

Cannabis is the most widely used illicit drug in the developed world and its use is associated with several adverse physical and mental health effects and negative social outcomes. Earlier use of cannabis increases the risk of adverse effects. Attitudes and perceived risk towards drugs are regarded as strong influences in determining whether or not a person uses cannabis, but there is little existing research on Irish teenagers' attitudes to the risks of this drug. This was a descriptive, cross-sectional study using a structured, anonymous questionnaire. The study was undertaken in nine public and private secondary schools in Cork City and suburbs. Students aged 15-18 and in fourth, fifth or sixth year of school were included. Of the 507 participating students, 39.3 % (n = 199) reported previous cannabis use. There were significantly lower levels of perceived risk of cannabis among those who had used the drug compared with those who had not, for all categories of risk (p < 0.01). Attitudes towards cannabis were more liberal among males and those with previous use of the drug. A minority of students (n = 92; 18.2 %) support legalisation of cannabis. The majority of teenagers (n = 382; 75.8 %) believe that they are not given enough information about the drug. Cannabis use is very widespread among teenagers in Cork. There are relatively low levels of perceived risk of mental and physical health problems with use of the drug. Attitudes towards cannabis are associated with personal use of the drug and gender.

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Country Count As %
United States 1 2%
Switzerland 1 2%
Unknown 59 97%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 14 23%
Student > Bachelor 11 18%
Other 6 10%
Researcher 6 10%
Student > Postgraduate 3 5%
Other 5 8%
Unknown 16 26%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 13 21%
Psychology 7 11%
Social Sciences 6 10%
Neuroscience 5 8%
Nursing and Health Professions 3 5%
Other 10 16%
Unknown 17 28%
Attention Score in Context

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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 7. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 04 May 2023.
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#5,240,644
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#247
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#59,956
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Outputs of similar age from Irish Journal of Medical Science
#4
of 14 outputs
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