Cannabis Use and Its Social Correlates among In-School Adolescents in Algeria, Morocco, Palestine, Peru, and Tonga

Karl Peltzer, Supa Pengpid

Abstract


The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of cannabis use and associated factors among school-going adolescents in Algeria, Morocco, Peru, Palestine and Tonga. Using data from the Global School-Based Student Health Survey (GSHS), we assessed the prevalence of cannabis use and social correlates among adolescents (N=15226). The overall lifetime cannabis use was 3.2% and current cannabis use was 2.6%. Lifetime and current cannabis use was higher in Tonga (7.5% and 6.8%, respectively) than in any other of the five study countries. Variables positively associated with the outcome in multivariable analysis were male gender, poverty (went hungry), current smoking, having been in a physical fight, had an injury, and frequent consumption of fast food. Efforts to prevent and control cannabis use may need to address a cluster of risk behaviours, in particular cigarette smoking.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2014.v5n9p558


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