Substance Use Behaviours of Young People with A Moderate Learning Disability: A longitudinal analysis

Patrick McCrystal, Andrew Percy, Kathryn Higgins

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Abstract

Substance use behaviours of young people attending a special school are reported over a four year period from the age of 12-16 years. The paper investigated these behaviours by surveying a cohort of young people with a statement for moderate learning disabilities annually during the last four years of compulsory schooling. The findings show that these young people consistently reported lower levels of tobacco, alcohol and cannabis use compared with those attending mainstream school. No other illicit drug use was reported. The potential implications of these findings are discussed in relation to the context and timing of targeted substance education and prevention initiatives for young people with moderate learning disability attending a special school.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-162
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse
Volume33
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2007

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