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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, vol. 34, no. 1, pp. 112-121, doi: 10.1080/10550887.2014.975616.

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Title Exploring family and community involvement to protect Thai youths from alcohol and illegal drug abuse
Author(s) Wongtongkam, Nualnong
Ward, Paul Russell
Day, Andrew
Winefield, Anthony Harold
Journal name Journal of addictive diseases
Volume number 34
Issue number 1
Start page 112
End page 121
Total pages 10
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1055-0887
1545-0848
Keyword(s) alcohol
Thailand
community
drugs
family
youth
Summary 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.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/10550887.2014.975616
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920414 Substance Abuse
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
Free to Read? Yes
Free to Read Start Date 2017-01-01
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30073272

Document type: Journal Article
Collections: School of Psychology
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