Relationship between Social Activity Involvement and Marijuana Use in the Past Year among Adolescents 12 to 17 years old in the United States
Methods: Secondary data from the 2013 National Survey on Drug and Health was used to conduct bivariate and multiple logistic regression analysis. We adjusted for gender, age, race, and income. We calculated odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for all comparisons. The Chi squared (X2) test was used to compare proportions.
Results: The main finding indicates there is a significant relationship between marijuana use and social activity involvement in the past year among adolescents 12 to 17 years old (p<0.001). Adolescents with low social activity involvement were almost twice as likely (OR= 1.97; 95% CI= 1.71,2.27) to use marijuana in the past year compared to adolescents with high social activity involvement.
Conclusion: Findings indicate low social activity involvement and marijuana use in the past year are significantly related. Therefore, it is recommended health policies be implemented to allot funding for social activity programs for adolescents 12 to 17 years old, especially school and community based programs.
Learning Areas:Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Assess the relationship between social activity involvement and marijuana use in the past year among adolescents 12 to 17 years old in the United States. Identify the type of social activity involvement highly utilized in the past year among adolescents 12 to 17 years old in the United States.
Keyword(s): Adolescents, Drug Abuse
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the principal investigator of several research studies designed to focus on drug use, social activity involvement, and depression among adolescents 12 to 17 years old in the United States. Among my scientific interests has been the development of strategies to prevent drug use among adolescents especially those who reside in low income or underserved communities.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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