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Predictors and implications of synthetic drug use among adolescents in the gambling capital of China
Spencer D. Li; Xiaohua Zhang; Wei Tang; Yiwei Xia
2017-10-11
Source PublicationSAGE Open
ISSN2158-2440
Volume7Issue:4
Abstract

Synthetic drug abuse has become an increasingly serious problem among adolescents in Macao, the world’s largest gambling market and the only legal gambling place in China. To counteract this trend, a good understanding of the culturally relevant risk factors for this behavior is required. Based on social learning theory and opportunity perspective of deviance, logistic regression analysis was performed on a probability sample of 8,076 Macao students collected in 2014 to investigate whether delinquent peer association, recreational use of time with friends, attitudes toward drug use, and the availability of synthetic drugs are significant predictors of synthetic drug use among adolescents. The analyses revealed that students who had more drug-using peers, perceived drug use to be less harmful, and had easier access to synthetic drugs were more likely to use drugs. The findings indicate that preventing synthetic drug use among adolescents should target individual risk factors and the availability of drugs.

KeywordSynthetic Drug Use Adolescent Risk Factor Gambling Capital Of China Learning Theory
DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1177/2158244017733031
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Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaSocial Sciences - Other Topics
WOS SubjectSocial Sciences, Interdisciplinary
WOS IDWOS:000412919500001
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY
Corresponding AuthorXiaohua Zhang
AffiliationUniversity of Macau, Taipa, Macao, China
First Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
Corresponding Author AffilicationUniversity of Macau
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Spencer D. Li,Xiaohua Zhang,Wei Tang,et al. Predictors and implications of synthetic drug use among adolescents in the gambling capital of China[J]. SAGE Open,2017,7(4).
APA Spencer D. Li,Xiaohua Zhang,Wei Tang,&Yiwei Xia.(2017).Predictors and implications of synthetic drug use among adolescents in the gambling capital of China.SAGE Open,7(4).
MLA Spencer D. Li,et al."Predictors and implications of synthetic drug use among adolescents in the gambling capital of China".SAGE Open 7.4(2017).
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