A prospective study of methamphetamine use as a predictor of high school non-attendance in Cape Town, South Africa

 

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dc.contributor.author Plüddemann, Andreas en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Flisher, Alan J en_ZA
dc.contributor.author McKetin, Rebecca en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Parry, Charles D en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Lombard, Carl J en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-11T11:54:58Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-11T11:54:58Z
dc.date.issued 2010 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Plüddemann, A., Flisher, A. J., McKetin, R., Parry, C. D., & Lombard, C. J. (2010). A prospective study of methamphetamine use as a predictor of high school non-attendance in Cape Town, South Africa. Subst. Abuse Treat. Prev. Policy, 5, 25. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14862
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1747-597X-5-25
dc.description.abstract BACKGROUND: This prospective study investigated the association between life-long methamphetamine and other drug use and high school non-attendance, in a sample of high school students in Cape Town, South Africa. METHODS: A random sample of 1535 high school students completed a baseline questionnaire in 2006, and were asked to complete a follow-up questionnaire 12 months later. The questionnaire included questions on substance use, including tobacco, alcohol, methamphetamine and cannabis use, demographic factors, and questions relating to school attendance and performance. RESULTS: Forty-three percent of the students surveyed at baseline did not complete a follow-up questionnaire after 12 months. Compared with students who were not using selected substances, an adjusted logistic regression model showed that life-time methamphetamine use in addition to other substances was significantly associated with non-attendance (OR = 2.58, 95% CI: 1.24 - 5.36) when other non-substance use factors (repeating a year at school and being older than the norm for current grade) were taken into account. CONCLUSIONS: Early identification of students with methamphetamine and other substance use problems, and a supportive rather than punitive school policy, may be valuable in improving high school completion and student retention rates. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.publisher BioMed Central Ltd en_ZA
dc.rights This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License en_ZA
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dc.source Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy en_ZA
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dc.subject.other School Non-attendance en_ZA
dc.subject.other Cannabis en_ZA
dc.subject.other Methamphetamine en_ZA
dc.subject.other Substance Abuse Prevention en_ZA
dc.subject.other Substance Abuse Treatment en_ZA
dc.title A prospective study of methamphetamine use as a predictor of high school non-attendance in Cape Town, South Africa en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
dc.rights.holder 2010 Plüddemann et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Health Sciences en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Plüddemann, A., Flisher, A. J., McKetin, R., Parry, C. D., & Lombard, C. J. (2010). A prospective study of methamphetamine use as a predictor of high school non-attendance in Cape Town, South Africa. <i>Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy</i>, http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14862 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Plüddemann, Andreas, Alan J Flisher, Rebecca McKetin, Charles D Parry, and Carl J Lombard "A prospective study of methamphetamine use as a predictor of high school non-attendance in Cape Town, South Africa." <i>Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy</i> (2010) http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14862 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Plüddemann A, Flisher AJ, McKetin R, Parry CD, Lombard CJ. A prospective study of methamphetamine use as a predictor of high school non-attendance in Cape Town, South Africa. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy. 2010; http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14862. en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Journal Article AU - Plüddemann, Andreas AU - Flisher, Alan J AU - McKetin, Rebecca AU - Parry, Charles D AU - Lombard, Carl J AB - BACKGROUND: This prospective study investigated the association between life-long methamphetamine and other drug use and high school non-attendance, in a sample of high school students in Cape Town, South Africa. METHODS: A random sample of 1535 high school students completed a baseline questionnaire in 2006, and were asked to complete a follow-up questionnaire 12 months later. The questionnaire included questions on substance use, including tobacco, alcohol, methamphetamine and cannabis use, demographic factors, and questions relating to school attendance and performance. RESULTS: Forty-three percent of the students surveyed at baseline did not complete a follow-up questionnaire after 12 months. Compared with students who were not using selected substances, an adjusted logistic regression model showed that life-time methamphetamine use in addition to other substances was significantly associated with non-attendance (OR = 2.58, 95% CI: 1.24 - 5.36) when other non-substance use factors (repeating a year at school and being older than the norm for current grade) were taken into account. CONCLUSIONS: Early identification of students with methamphetamine and other substance use problems, and a supportive rather than punitive school policy, may be valuable in improving high school completion and student retention rates. DA - 2010 DB - OpenUCT DO - 10.1186/1747-597X-5-25 DP - University of Cape Town J1 - Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2010 T1 - A prospective study of methamphetamine use as a predictor of high school non-attendance in Cape Town, South Africa TI - A prospective study of methamphetamine use as a predictor of high school non-attendance in Cape Town, South Africa UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/14862 ER - en_ZA


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