Perceptual Styles and Cannabis Consumption Prediction in Young People.

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 Dec 31;17(1):

Authors: Herruzo C, Pino MJ, Lucena V, Herruzo J

Given that risk perception has been found to be both a vulnerability and a protective factor with respect to consumption, the objectives of this study were to find out whether there exist specific patterns of risk perception associated with cannabis use and, if so, how they relate to cannabis consumption and to the sources of information on drugs accessed by young people. An ex post facto study was carried out with 1851 young Andalusians aged 18 to 29, using an adaptation of the Andalusian Government « Andalusian Population versus Drugs » survey. For the first objective, a cluster analysis was carried out in which three perceptual style groups were formed: « Strict », « Permissive-Awareness » and « Lax ». Cannabis use in the « lax » group was found to be 14.31 times more frequent than in the « strict » group and 2.75 times more frequent than in the « permissive-awareness » group. A logistic regression analysis was also performed, which correctly predicted 80.4% of users and non-consumers. Correlation was found between perceptual styles and the sources of information used about drugs. This study identified three different risk perception styles that heavily correlated to cannabis consumption and to the type of sources young Andalusians use to obtain information about drugs, suggesting the need for a change in preventive policy.

PMID: 31906142 [PubMed – in process]

Source: ncbi 2

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