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Prevalence of substance use and delinquent behavior in adolescents from Victoria, Australia and Washington State, United States

McMorris, Barbara, Hemphill, Sheryl, Toumbourou, John, Catalano, Richard and Patton, George 2007, Prevalence of substance use and delinquent behavior in adolescents from Victoria, Australia and Washington State, United States, Health Education & Behavior, vol. 34, no. 4, pp. 634-650, doi: 10.1177/1090198106286272.

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Title Prevalence of substance use and delinquent behavior in adolescents from Victoria, Australia and Washington State, United States
Author(s) McMorris, Barbara
Hemphill, Sheryl
Toumbourou, JohnORCID iD for Toumbourou, John orcid.org/0000-0002-8431-3762
Catalano, Richard
Patton, George
Journal name Health Education & Behavior
Volume number 34
Issue number 4
Start page 634
End page 650
Publisher Sage Periodicals Press
Place of publication Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Publication date 2007-08
ISSN 1090-1981
1552-6127
Keyword(s) adolescence
substanceuse
delinquent behavior
problem behavior
epidemiology
cross-national comparison
Summary This article compares prevalence estimates of substance use and  delinquent behavior in Washington State, United States and Victoria, Australia, two states chosen for their different policy environments around problem behavior. Few comparisons of international differences on rates of multiple problem behavior exist, and most are based on methods that are not matched, raising the question of whether findings are based on  methodological differences rather than actual rate differences. The  International Youth Development Study used standardized methods to recruit and administer an adaptation of the Communities That Care Youth Survey to representative state samples of fifth-, seventh-, and ninth-grade students in each state. Rates of delinquent behavior were generally comparable.  However, striking differences in substance use were noted, with Victoria students reporting higher rates of alcohol use, alcohol misuse, smoking, and inhalant use, whereas Washington State students reported higher rates of marijuana use. Implications for conducting international comparisons are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1090198106286272
Field of Research 111706 Epidemiology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2007, SOPHE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007484

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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