The association between school performance at 14 years and young adults' use of cannabis: An Australian birth cohort study

Hayatbakhsh, Mohammad R., O'Callaghan, Michael J., Jamrozik, Konrad, Najman, Jake M., Mamun, Abdullah A., Alati, Rosa and Bor, William (2008) The association between school performance at 14 years and young adults' use of cannabis: An Australian birth cohort study. Journal of Drug Issues, 38 2: 401-418.

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Author Hayatbakhsh, Mohammad R.
O'Callaghan, Michael J.
Jamrozik, Konrad
Najman, Jake M.
Mamun, Abdullah A.
Alati, Rosa
Bor, William
Title The association between school performance at 14 years and young adults' use of cannabis: An Australian birth cohort study
Journal name Journal of Drug Issues   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-0426
0500-0700
Publication date 2008
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 38
Issue 2
Start page 401
End page 418
Total pages 18
Editor Bruce Bullington
Place of publication Tallahassee, FL, United States
Publisher Florida State University, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Collection year 2009
Language eng
Subject 1117 Public Health and Health Services
C1
111706 Epidemiology
111714 Mental Health
920401 Behaviour and Health
920414 Substance Abuse
Abstract This study examines, firstly, the association between school performance at 14 years and frequency of use of cannabis in early adulthood and, secondly, whether this association is explained by family and individual characteristics, including child cognitive capacity in childhood and adolescence. Data are from a cohort of 3,478 Australian young adults who were followed up from birth to age 21 years. Data on child school performance and use of cannabis were collected at the 14- and 21-year follow-ups, respectively. Child school performance was assessed at 14 years via self- and maternal-report. Potential confounding factors were measured between the child's birth and age 14 years. School performance at 14 years predicts young adults' use of cannabis. Children who had lower school performance had increased risk of frequent use of cannabis in young adulthood. Exploration of the pathway linking school performance and cannabis use in young people may help identify opportunities for preventive interventions.
Keyword Studies
Drug use
Secondary schools
School dropouts
Measurement errors
Data collection
Academic achievement
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Additional Notes Spring issue

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: 2009 Higher Education Research Data Collection
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