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Construction industry apprentices’ substance use: A survey of prevalence rates, reasons for use, and regional and age differences

du Plessis, Karin and Corney, Tim (2011) Construction industry apprentices’ substance use: A survey of prevalence rates, reasons for use, and regional and age differences. In: Apprentices: Young people in transition. Corney, Tim and du Plessis, Karin, eds. Incolink and Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies, Calton, VIC, pp. 97-113.

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Abstract

This study examined prevalence rates and reasons for use among a sample of construction industry apprentices. Construction industry apprentices are predominantly young men and this sample had a mean age of 20 years. The study notes comparable results between the 172 apprentices' substance experimentation/use, and men in similar age groups in Victoria. Regional and age differences were also explored in the study. Findings indicate that more metropolitan apprentices had experimented with cannabis, amphetamines and cocaine than their rural/regional counterparts. However, more rural apprentices indicated consuming alcohol than their metropolitan counterparts. Apart from alcohol use, older apprentices (aged 20 years and over) were also more likely to have used cannabis, amphetamines and cocaine than younger apprentices (aged 15–19 years). The majority of apprentices used substances for enjoyment (“It is fun/I like it”) or social reasons (“Friends use it”). The findings are discussed in the context of the literature, and suggestions for future research are made

Item Type: Book Section
ISBN: 9780646551883
Uncontrolled Keywords: substance experimentation, substance abuse, young working men, young workers, blue collar workers, apprentice, risk, intervention, comparative analysis, Victoria, regional, rural, metropolitan apprentices,
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1608 Sociology
FOR Classification > 1701 Psychology
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > College of Education
Depositing User: Ms Marcia Millard
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2014 23:43
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2014 23:54
URI: http://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/25342
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