Subculture Affiliation Is Associated with Substance Use of Adolescents

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Abstract

Youth subcultures (hip-hop, punk, skinhead, techno scene, metal) are known for specific lifestyles, music preferences, shared values and behaviours of their members. The aim of this study was to assess the association between subculture affiliation and substance use (tobacco, alcohol and cannabis), and whether gender, family affluence and substance use by peers explain this association. Subculture affiliation was significantly associated with substance use (OR/95% CI: smoking 3.13/2.30-4.24; drinking 2.58/1.95-3.41; drunkenness 2.02/1.54-2.66; cannabis use 2.42/1.46-4.00). Only a part of this risk runs via gender, family affluence and peer substance use. Health promotion should be targeted in particular at adolescents with a subculture affiliation as they are at higher risk of substance use. Copyright (C) 2012 S. Karger AG, Basel

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-96
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Addiction Research
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Subcultures
  • Substance use
  • Family affluence
  • Peer influence
  • Slovakia
  • GROUP IDENTIFICATION
  • MUSICAL PREFERENCE
  • SMOKING-BEHAVIOR
  • DRUG-USE
  • PARENTS
  • PEOPLE
  • SCHOOL
  • PEERS

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