Outcomes of occasional cannabis use in adolescence: 10-year follow-up study in Victoria, Australia
Louisa Degenhardt, Carolyn Coffey, John B Carlin, Wendy Swift, Elya Moore, George C Patton
BRITISH JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | ROYAL COLLEGE OF PSYCHIATRISTS | Published : 2010
BACKGROUND: Regular adolescent cannabis use predicts a range of later drug use and psychosocial problems. Little is known about whether occasional cannabis use carries similar risks. AIMS: To examine associations between occasional cannabis use during adolescence and psychosocial and drug use outcomes in young adulthood; and modification of these associations according to the trajectory of cannabis use between adolescence and age 20 years, and other potential risk factors. METHOD: A 10-year eight-wave cohort study of a representative sample of 1943 secondary school students followed from 14.9 years to 24 years. RESULTS: Occasional adolescent cannabis users who continued occasional use into e..View full abstract
Funding has been provided by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council and the Australian Government Department of Health and Ageing. The funding body had no role in the design, analysis or interpretation of study findings, nor in the decision to submit this paper for publication.