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Revista Latinoamericana de Psicología

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MORAL JIMENEZ, María de La Villa  and  OVEJERO, Anastasio. Psychoactive substances experimentation in spanish adolescents: Consumption profile by levels of age. rev.latinoam.psicol. [online]. 2009, vol.41, n.3, pp.533-553. ISSN 0120-0534.

The young experimentation with initiation drugs (alcohol and tobacco) and, by smaller measurement, with illegal psychoactive substances is associated to young leisure trends distinguished by super activation, peer-groups tying and the satisfaction in own practices of the recreative culture. The precocious consumption is placed in first years of adolescence, so we have achieved an exploratory study with a sample of secondary school students of the Principado de Asturias (Spain) between twelve and eighteen years old. The aim of the study is to offer a differential profile of consumption depending on the levels of age. A week-end consumption trend with more habituation and use frequency by level of age has been found out. The user mentality with a distorted risk perception has been confirmed. We conclude that preventive to educative, state and community level politics ought to be promoted.

Keywords : drugs; consumption habits; adolescence; level of age; psychosocial approach.

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