"Study links cannabis smoking and sexual abuse in teenagers"
Is this the same as 'sexual abuse precursor to other behavours'?
It certainly reads like the latter would be a more accurate heading. /Blair
The author, Annabel Prescott, told an addictions conference in Auckland yesterday that sexual abuse was the only key "risk factor" that showed up in a statistical analysis of all factors associated with heavy cannabis use in the Youth 2000 survey of 9570 students at 114 New Zealand high schools.
The analysis found that heavy cannabis users were also more likely to be violent, get involved in fights, ride in cars being driven dangerously, have unprotected sex, be clinically depressed and attempt suicide.
And alcohol and the contingent double standards plays no part in any of this? Get real. Cannabis = Trouble with the law, Social exclusion, Alienation from social norms.. yadda yadda....
It found four "protective" factors that cut the chances of the students using cannabis heavily: getting "enough time" with their parents; feeling part of their school; feeling that school attendance was important; and attending a church, shrine or mosque.
Yes, it is more likely that anyone of these Good Kid factors are also associated with attending Girl Guides or Boy Scouts however not attending either of these doesnt mean causation 'of a cannabis habit' either. Cannabis in of itself is not a good indicator of failure. Cannabis's illicit status is more the social factor not weighted in the study. The outcomes measured are a product of prohibtions failure. The overall excellent biopsychosocial 'youth health' parameters for the Netherlands disproves Prescott's conclusions
Mrs Prescott said the study showed that heavy cannabis use was a marker of wider problems that should all be dealt with "holistically".
On that we are agreed. Jailing kids is just so impractical these days.