Drug normalisation and Australian youth: group differences in the social accommodation of drug use

Fitzgerald, Robin, Mazerrole, Lorraine and Mazerolle, Paul (2013) Drug normalisation and Australian youth: group differences in the social accommodation of drug use. Journal of Youth Studies, 16 7: 901-915. doi:10.1080/13676261.2013.763920

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Author Fitzgerald, Robin
Mazerrole, Lorraine
Mazerolle, Paul
Title Drug normalisation and Australian youth: group differences in the social accommodation of drug use
Journal name Journal of Youth Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1367-6261
1469-9680
Publication date 2013-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13676261.2013.763920
Open Access Status
Volume 16
Issue 7
Start page 901
End page 915
Total pages 15
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Abstract According to the 'normalisation thesis', drug use has become an 'unremarkable' feature of contemporary life for young people. Previous quantitative research, however, neglects to assess the extent of variation in young people's social accommodation of drug use. This paper uses data from a purposive survey of young people who frequently attended clubs in a major night-time entertainment district in Brisbane, Australia to assess group differences in attitudes towards drug use. Using social interaction models, we find evidence of significant variation in views about drug use even among the sample of frequent club goers. We also demonstrate an endogenous - or social interaction - effect where young people's views are associated with the views of others who prefer to attend the same clubs. Overall, our results support the recent calls for a differentiated understanding of drug normalisation. We conclude that locations and social processes are important for understanding group differences in the social accommodation of drug use.
Keyword Attitudes
Drugs
Leisure
Young adulthood
Youth culture
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Institute for Social Science Research - Publications
Official 2014 Collection
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