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Trends in Lifetime Cannabis Use among Czech School-aged Children from 2002 to 2014

Autor Ladislav Kážmér, Ladislav Csémy, Ingrid Ružbarská, Jan Pavelka, Zdeněk Hamřík, Michal Kalman
Organisation Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, Fakulta tělesné kultury
Year 2017
Research type paper in Journal
Annotation The aim of the study was to examine trends in the prevalence of lifetime cannabis use among the Czech 15-year old students. Methods: Data from the nationally representative Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Survey, conducted in the Czech Republic in 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014, were used. Trends in cannabis use among both boys and girls were modelled through binary logistic regression with period as a predictor of the lifetime cannabis use. Results: The prevalence of lifetime cannabis use has significantly decreased among young Czechs, particularly among boys. Gender differences in cannabis use have been also gradually decreasing since 2002, with no significant differences between genders in recent period. Conclusions: Although there are positive changes in the prevalence of adolescent cannabis use, from the European perspective, Czech students still belong to those with significantly higher rates in this respect. Thus, alongside with the use of other substances, adolescent cannabis consumption remains an important challenge for the national public health policy.
Keywords cannabis, adolescents, prevalence, trends
Research type continual research
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Obor EC immunology, FG Pediatrics, FM Hygienics, FQ Public health
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Research location Ano
Organisation Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, Fakulta tělesné kultury
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Registry administrator Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
Operator Národní pedagogický institut ČR
In cooperation Czech Council of Children and Youth
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