Exploring family and community involvement to protect Thai youths from alcohol and illegal drug abuse

Wongtongkam, Nualnong, Ward, Paul Russell, Day , Andrew, and Winefield, Anthony Harold (2015) Exploring family and community involvement to protect Thai youths from alcohol and illegal drug abuse. Journal of Addictive Diseases, 34 (1). pp. 112-121.

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Abstract

Youth substance abuse is widely recognized as a major public health issue in Thailand. This study explores family and community risk and protective factors relevant to alcohol and illegal drug misuse in 1,778 Thai teenagers. Strong family attachment and a family history of antisocial behaviors were strongly associated with nearly all forms of substance abuse, with adjusted odds ratios ranging from 5.05 to 8.45. Community disorganization was strongly associated with self-reported substance use, although involvement in prosocial activities acted as a protective factor. The findings suggest that interventions that promote family cohesion and encourage community involvement may have considerable benefits in reducing substance abuse in Thai adolescents.

Item ID: 47725
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1545-0848
Keywords: alcohol; community; drugs; family; Thailand; youth
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2017 05:03
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1602 Criminology > 160201 Causes and Prevention of Crime @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 100%
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