The study highlights the importance of considering young people’s perspectives when planning and implementing drug prevention strategies. It is vital, in the future, that intervention efforts aimed at minimising the risk of drug involvement reflect the reality of young people’s experiences.
To explore the use and non-use of drugs by young people, aged 15-19 years, in a Dublin inner-city community considered to be ‘high risk’ for problem drug use.
Individual in-depth interviews and focus group discussions.
Mayock, P. (2000). Choosers or losers? Influences on young people’s choices about drugs in inner city Dublin. Dublin: Children’s Research Centre, Trinity College Dublin.
Fifty-seven young people were interviewed individually and twenty-four took part in focus group discussions. Respondents were ‘categorised’ as abstainers, drugtakers and problem drugtakers.
Choosers or losers? Influences on young people’s choices about drugs in inner city Dublin.