ERIC Number: EJ694706
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Reference Count: 43
Adolescent Substance Abuse among Young People Excluded from School in Belfast
McCrystal, Patrick; Higgins, Kathryn; Percy, Andrew; Thornton, Maeve
Drugs: Education, Prevention & Policy, v12 n2 p101-112 Apr 2005
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.
Descriptors: Substance Abuse, Drug Use, Adolescents, Foreign Countries, At Risk Persons, Behavior Problems, Secondary School Students, Nontraditional Education, Delinquency, Smoking, Drinking
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Belfast)