Perceived Risk, Social Norms and Benefits Linked to Youth Marijuana Use


Marijuana is the most widely used illegal drug among American adolescents.

A recent study published in Preventive Medicine examined social norms, perceived risks and benefits, and social media’s impact on marijuana use among 786 adolescents.

Study results showed that youths’ perceptions of friends use of marijuana (social norms) and those seeing messages about the benefits of marijuana were more likely using marijuana themselves.  In addition, marijuana and blunts (cannabis cigars) were viewed as less risky and more socially acceptable than cigarettes.

As localities, states and countries move toward legalization of adult marijuana use, they need to implement evidence-based programs and strategies that address factors associated with youth marijuana consumption.  Some of these factors, highlighted in this study, include perceived risks, benefits, social norms, and peer influences to prevent increased marijuana use and problems.

Read the entire research study now: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0091743516303152

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