Relationships between Problematic Cannabis Use and Risky Behaviors in Spanish Adolescents

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Title: Relationships between Problematic Cannabis Use and Risky Behaviors in Spanish Adolescents
Authors: Alarcó-Rosales, Raquel | Sánchez San Segundo, Miriam | Ferrer-Cascales, Rosario | Albaladejo-Blázquez, Natalia | Ruiz-Robledillo, Nicolás | Delvecchio, Elisa | Oltra-Cucarella, Javier
Research Group/s: Psicología Aplicada a la Salud y Comportamiento Humano (PSYBHE)
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Psicología de la Salud
Keywords: Cannabis use | Risky behaviors | Spanish adolescents | Weekly available money | Motor vehicle accident | Physical assault
Knowledge Area: Personalidad, Evaluación y Tratamiento Psicológico
Issue Date: 21-Aug-2019
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Alarcó-Rosales R, Sánchez-SanSegundo M, Ferrer-Cascales R, Albaladejo-Blázquez N, Ruiz-Robledillo N, Delvecchio E, Oltra-Cucarella J. Relationships between Problematic Cannabis Use and Risky Behaviors in Spanish Adolescents. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(17):3029. doi:10.3390/ijerph16173029
Abstract: This study examined the relations between problematic cannabis use, physical assault, and getting involved in a motor vehicle accident under the influence of cannabis in a sample of adolescents randomly selected from 25 public and semiprivate high schools in Alicante (Spain). Participants (n = 648) completed The Spanish National Standardized Survey about drug use in high school adolescents (ESTUDES, 2017), which includes the cannabis abuse screening test (CAST). Prevalence of cannabis use across the life-span and within the past 30 days was 37.5% and 17.4%, respectively. CAST scores were associated with an increased risk of driving under the effects of cannabis, riding shotgun, and physical assault, but not with an increased risk of having a motor vehicle accident. There were no differences between boys and girls in the association of problematic cannabis use with risky behaviors. This result highlights the importance of comprehensive prevention and education strategies for adolescents at high risk of cannabis use.
Sponsor: This study has been funded by Ayuntamiento de Alicante. Plan Municipal de Drogodependencia (AYTOALICANTE3-18I). Delegación del Gobierno para el Plan Nacional sobre Drogas.
ISSN: 1661-7827 (Print) | 1660-4601 (Online)
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph16173029
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2019 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
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