Polar types of reported drug involvement among israeli youth

S. Giora Shoham, G. Rahav, Y. Esformes, Joanna Blau, Nava Kaplinsky, R. Markovsky, B. Wolf

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The predisposing factors linked to drug involvement may be different for various types of youth, although the outcome is the same. In this sense a bimodal curve of drug involvement would indicate two types of highly involved youth: on the one hand, those from high social status families where low parental control implies a tendency to seek involvement with their peers and solve their personal adjustment problems within the peer group. On the other hand, those from the lower social strata for whom low parental control also implies association with outside peer groups as an alternative to shaky and diffuse families and lack of involvement in school life. This study on the cannabis involvement of 776 boys and girls (aged 14-18), drawn from eight schools, is an attempt to identify and describe these polar types of drug-involved youth in more detail.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1161-1167
Number of pages7
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1981


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