Journal article

Young Aboriginal people in Australia who have never used marijuana in the 'Next Generation Youth Well-being study': A strengths-based approach

Simon Graham, Christina L Heris, Lina Gubhaju, Francine Eades, Robyn Williams, Katiska Davis, Justine Whitby, Kerry Hunt, Neeraja Chimote, Sandra J Eades



BACKGROUND: Being young is a period of experimentation which can lead to increased vulnerability to poor health choices and outcomes. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (Aboriginal) people have a long and strong history of resilience; however, a deficit approach is often taken with messages of poor health and low socioeconomic status. This study takes a strengths-based approach and examines the demographic factors and behaviours associated with never using marijuana among young Aboriginal people in Australia. METHODS: Overall, 521 Aboriginal people aged 16-24 years from Western Australia, Central Australia and New South Wales participated in the Next Generation: Youth Wellbeing Study. The..

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Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)

Funding Acknowledgements

Overall, 70% of the authors are Aboriginal people in Australia, including the first and last authors. Three of the authors are young Aboriginal people who were peer recruiters for the Next Generation Study. The authors would like to acknowledge the `Next Generation' investigators and research team which include the following: Ricky Mentha, Roxanne Highfold, Jodi Lennox, Danielle Woods, Bronwyn Silver, Elizabeth Hillmann, Bobby Porykali, Anne Staude, Robyn Williams, Darlene Davis, Justin Trounson, Francine Eades, Kerry Hunt, Dennis Gray, Edward Wilkes and Liz Stack. The authors would like to acknowledge the advice provided for the survey tool from the following people: Ray Lovett, Naomi Priest, Christina Heris, Melanie Anderson and Patricia Cullen. The authors would also like to acknowledge the support from our community partners: Central Australian Aboriginal Congress, Derbarl Yerrigan Health Service, South West Aboriginal Medical Service and Mingaletta Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Corporation. This study was funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC, grant number: 1089104). The first author's salary was supported by a NHMRC fellowship and the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity.