eISSN: 1689-3530
ISSN: 0867-4361
Alcoholism and Drug Addiction/Alkoholizm i Narkomania
Current issue Archive Online first About the journal Editorial board Abstracting and indexing Subscription Contact Instructions for authors Ethical standards and procedures
2/2022
vol. 35
 
Share:
Share:
more
 
 
abstract:
Original paper

Psychosocial and pandemic determinants of psychoactive substance use by adolescents aged 14-15. Mokotów study 2020

Krzysztof Jan Bobrowski
1
,
Krzysztof Ostaszewski
1
,
Agnieszka Pisarska
1
,
Jakub Greń
1

1.
Institute of Psychiatry and Neurology, Public Health Department, Youth Prevention Unit “Pro-M”, Warsaw, Poland
Alcohol Drug Addict 2022; 35 (2): 93-112
Online publish date: 2022/11/17
View full text
Get citation
ENW
EndNote
BIB
JabRef, Mendeley
RIS
Papers, Reference Manager, RefWorks, Zotero
AMA
APA
Chicago
Harvard
MLA
Vancouver
 
PlumX metrics:
Introduction
The study aim was to identify factors related to the use of psychoactive substances by adolescents during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Material and methods
The study consisted of secondary school students from districts of Warsaw: Mokotów, Ursynów and Wilanów, aged 14-15 (N = 794). Data was collected using “SurveyMonkey” during online lessons led by the teacher and a research team member, usually on the Zoom platform. The work considered any substances use in the last year. Qualitative factors (gender, age, family structure, academic performance, religious involvement, meetings with drug use peers, assessing whether the period of pandemic was difficult), and quantitative (parental support and control, bonding to school, impulsivity, sensation seeking and dissatisfaction with pandemic restrictions) were analysed. Hierarchical logistic regression with the Wald statistic were used to identify significant factors.

Results
Meetings with peers who used drugs proved to be the strongest predictor of substance use. Parental control turned out to be an important protective factor. The risk factor was age, as well as impulsiveness and sensation-seeking. Substance use was also fostered by heightened dissatisfaction with the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

Discussion
The importance of the pandemic with respect to the relationship of some of the factors with any substance use was discussed.

Conclusions
Prevention of the use of psychoactive substances among adolescents should focus on educating parents in the proper control of adolescents, strengthening students’ resilience to the negative peer influences and helping students to cope with the problems associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

keywords:

Psychoactive substances, Risk and protection factors, Adolescents, COVID-19 pandemic

Quick links
© 2023 Termedia Sp. z o.o. All rights reserved.
Developed by Bentus.