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Is policy ‘liberalization’ associated with higher odds of adolescent cannabis use? A re-analysis of data from 38 countries

Stevens, Alex (2019) Is policy ‘liberalization’ associated with higher odds of adolescent cannabis use? A re-analysis of data from 38 countries. International Journal of Drug Policy, 66 . pp. 94-99. ISSN 0955-3959. (doi:10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.01.013)

Abstract

Background: Policy makers worldwide face the choice of whether to reform cannabis

suggested that such ‘liberalization’ is significantly associated with higher odds of

Aim: To test the validity and reliability of Shi et al’s conclusion that the HBSC data

adolescent cannabis use.

the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) survey (2001/2, 2005/6 and

the Shi et al article. The re-analysis makes some improvements by: excluding a

available data from the theoretically relevant case of Sweden for the latter two waves

between countries as well as random intercepts for countries in the mixed effects

Results: Shi et al’s verbal summary of their findings is not supported by detailed

amendments, it is possible to find a statistically significant association between

But when these improvements are made, this association becomes statistically nonsignificant.

respondents and an improved statistical model shows that the HBSC data do not

odds of adolescent cannabis use.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.drugpo.2019.01.013
Uncontrolled keywords: Cannabis; policy; youth; adolescence; HBSC; multilevel regression; replication; open science
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Alex Stevens
Date Deposited: 11 Feb 2019 13:54 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2020 00:00 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/72331 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Stevens, Alex: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4878-3871
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