A new study published in Addictive Behaviors examined cannabis self-concept as a factor influencing use among emerging adults.
Cannabis self-concept is identification with cannabis as part of their personality or identity.
Results indicated that cannabis self-concept was positively associated with use and problems, and negatively associated with desire to reduce cannabis use.
This research provides the latest evidence of the importance of self-concept as a factor affecting health behavior, including substance use, among young people.
This study’s results suggest the importance of helping youth and young adults develop multiple positive self-concepts associated with pro-health and social behaviors.
For example, prevention professionals can help young people develop self-identities connected to getting regular physical activity, participating in sports, eating healthy, getting adequate sleep, controlling stress, and setting regular goals to improve health, fitness and future desired success and image attainment.
Learn more about how substance use prevention can also promote positive behavior and self-concept development among youth and young adults: https://preventionpluswellness.com/pages/sport-prevention-plus-wellness
Read the research abstract, click on the Science Direct logo: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306460317304768
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