Adolescent Substance abuse among young people excluded from school in Belfast

Patrick McCrystal, Kathryn Higgins, Andrew Percy, M. Thornton

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)101-112
Number of pages12
JournalDrugs: Education, Prevention and Policy
Volume12 (2)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Health(social science)


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