Study-Unit Description

Study-Unit Description


CODE PSY5105

 
TITLE Adolescent Substance Use and Addictive Behaviour

 
LEVEL 05 - Postgraduate Modular Diploma or Degree Course

 
ECTS CREDITS 5

 
DEPARTMENT Psychology

 
DESCRIPTION This study-unit will explore the significance of age in relation to substance use and other addictive behaviour. It will discuss adolescent development and explore the emotional, social, cognitive, and biological changes occur. It will explore the research evidence on the prevalence and correlates of adolescent substance use and other addictive behaviour by reviewing trends from some of the main European cohort studies, such as ESPAD.

It will examine the policy implications of our knowledge of adolescent substance use and other addictive behaviour and how these findings can be applied to prevention science and intervention initiatives. The study-unit will also explore youth culture and its relationship to substance use. Models of adolescent substance use and other addictive behaviour will be discussed.

Study-unit Aims:

The study-unit aims to allow those participants interested in adolescent substance use and other addictive behaviour to examine trends in adolescent substance use and other addictive behaviour, new developments in prevention science, research evidence on effectiveness of interventions. It also examines models of adolescent substance use and other addictive behaviour, the use of drugs within youth culture and the impact of policy initiatives on youth drug taking and other addictive behaviour.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- describe the risk factors for adolescent substance use and other addictive behaviour based on prevalence and correlate indicators;
- critique models to explain adolescent substance use and other addictive behaviour;
- discuss how youth culture impacts on adolescent drug taking and other addictive behaviour;
- explain how policy effectiveness may be discerned from adolescent drug use surveys.

2. Skills
By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:

- apply the evidence from epidemiological studies on adolescent substance use to policy, practice and prevention;
- analyse data on adolescent substance abuse in Malta and Europe with the goal of identifying trends;
- conduct an analysis task on secondary data.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Leukefeld, S. , Gullotta, M and Staton Tindall, M. (eds.), (2009) Handbook on Adolescent Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment: Evidence-Based Practice. New London, CT: Child and Family Agency Press.

Supplementary reading

- Andersen, S.L.; and Teicher, M.H. Desperately driven and no brakes: Developmental stress exposure and subsequent risk for substance abuse. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 33(4):516–524, 2009.
- Andersen, S.L.; and Teicher, M.H. Desperately driven and no brakes: Developmental stress exposure and subsequent risk for substance abuse. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 33(4):516–524, 2009.
- Dennis, M.; Babor, T.F.; Roebuck, C.; and Donaldson, J. Changing the focus: The case for recognizing and treating cannabis use disorders. Addiction 97:(s1):4–15, 2002.
- Dennis, M.L.; White, M.; and Ives, M.I. Individual characteristics and needs associated with substance misuse of adolescents and young adults in addiction treatment.
- Johnston, L.D.; O’Malley, P.M.; Bachman, J.G.; and Schulenberg, J.E. Monitoring the Future National Results on Adolescent Drug Use: Overview of Key Findings, 2013. Bethesda, MD: National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2013. Available at www.monitoringthefuture.org
- Mahedy, L., MacArthur, G., Hammerton, G., Edwards, A. C., Kendler, K. S., Macleod, J., Hickman, M., Moore, S. C. & Heron, J (2018 ) The effect of parental drinking on alcohol use in young adults: the mediating role of parental monitoring and peer deviance. Addiction 2041-2050 https://research-information.bristol.ac.uk/files/162512052/Mahedy_et_al_2018_Addiction.pdf
- Robertson, E.B.; David, S.L.; and Rao, S.A. Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents: A Research-Based Guide for Parents, Educators, and Community Leaders, 2nd ed. NIH Pub. No. 04-4212(A). Bethesda, MD: National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2003. Available at: www.drugabuse.gov/pdf/prevention/RedBook.pdf
- Sussman, S.; Skara, S.; and Ames, S.L. Substance abuse among adolescents. Substance Use & Misuse 43(12–13):1802–1828, 2008.

 
STUDY-UNIT TYPE Lecture

 
LECTURER/S

 
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