218379 Does participation of ATOD prevention program help youths aged 12-17 in preventing them from using marijuana?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 1:38 PM - 1:55 PM

Mian B. Hossain, PhD , Morgan State University, School of Community Health and Policy, Baltimore, MD
Background: In 2008, 9.3% of youths aged 12-17 were current illicit drug users of which 6.7% used marijuana. Preventing youth ATOD use requires a comprehensive approach involving communities, schools, peers and families, which are all key components in substance use prevention among youths. Research indicates that parents are an influential factor in whether youths use ATOD. Purpose: This research examines the relationship between ATOD prevention program participation and marijuana use by youths aged 12-17. Data and Methods: This research uses data from the 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). NSDUH collects information from residents of households and non-institutional group quarters. To control for the effect of complex survey design, svy command in STATA is used in both bi-variate and multivariate analysis. Unadjusted and adjusted logistic regression models are estimated for measuring the relationship between ATOD prevention program participation and marijuana use. Results: Results show approximately one in nine youths aged 12-17 reported that they had participated in ATOD prevention programs outside of school in the past year. Results also show that youths who participated in ATOD prevention program outside school in the past year are significantly less like to use marijuana in the past year compared to those who did not participate in ATOD prevention program. When other socio-demographic and economic factors are controlled for, the relationship between ATOD prevention program participation and marijuana use remain significant. Results suggest that ATOD prevention programs need to be expanded in order to prevent marijuana use among youths aged 12-17.

Learning Areas:
Biostatistics, economics

Learning Objectives:
Explain the nature of services of ATOD prevention programs. Discuss the level of ATOD prevention program participation of youths aged 12-17. Identify factors associated with youth marijuana use. Discuss the relationship between youth’s ATOD prevention program participation and use of marijuana in past year.

Keywords: Prevention, Marijuana

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a professional Statistician and have been working in the area of marijuana use for last 9 years. I am also a faculty in a Practice Based Public Health program at Morgan State University.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.