08 November 2019

Common and differential factors associated with abstinence and poly drug use among Australian adolescents

This research identified the (i) factors associated with compliance with recommendations for zero intake of alcohol, tobacco, and cannabis and (ii) factors associated with poly drug use (intake of all three substances) in a sample of 15-17 year-old Australian adolescents. The results highlighted the value of targeting high-risk youth by identifying (i) parents’ supervision and monitoring behaviours and (ii) children’s externalising problems and symptoms of depression. Directly addressing these factors in substance-use interventions may delay or prevent initiation while also reducing the likelihood of adolescents engaging in poly drug use.