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Antisocial behaviour among young Australians while under the influence of illicit drugs

Makkai, Toni; McAllister, Ian

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While the link between illicit drug use and criminal behaviour is frequently noted, comparatively little is known about which drugs are most likely to shape this behaviour, and about the role of early initiation into drug use. This study uses a large, national population survey to examine these relationships, focusing on adolescents and young adults who report illicit drug use. The results show that about one in 10 young Australians had engaged in some form of antisocial behaviour in the...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMakkai, Toni
dc.contributor.authorMcAllister, Ian
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-13T23:12:09Z
dc.identifier.issn0004-8658
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/87920
dc.description.abstractWhile the link between illicit drug use and criminal behaviour is frequently noted, comparatively little is known about which drugs are most likely to shape this behaviour, and about the role of early initiation into drug use. This study uses a large, national population survey to examine these relationships, focusing on adolescents and young adults who report illicit drug use. The results show that about one in 10 young Australians had engaged in some form of antisocial behaviour in the previous 12 months following drug use, and that such behaviour peaked at almost one in five males at the age of 19 years. Antisocial behaviour while under the influence of drugs is closely associated with the use of marijuana, amphetamines and inhalants. Age of initiation was relatively unimportant in predicting this antisocial behaviour, with the exception of the early use of marijuana. Overall, the results confirm the importance of delaying marijuana use for as long as possible in order to reduce these behaviours.
dc.publisherAustralian Academic Press Pty Ltd
dc.sourceAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology
dc.titleAntisocial behaviour among young Australians while under the influence of illicit drugs
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.description.refereedYes
local.identifier.citationvolume36
dc.date.issued2003
local.identifier.absfor111799 - Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.absfor160299 - Criminology not elsewhere classified
local.identifier.ariespublicationMigratedxPub17408
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4318768xPUB3
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationMcAllister, Ian, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.contributor.affiliationMakkai, Toni, Australian Institute of Criminology
local.description.embargo2037-12-31
local.bibliographicCitation.issue2
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage211
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage222
local.identifier.doi10.1375/000486503768293829
dc.date.updated2015-12-12T08:30:36Z
local.identifier.scopusID2-s2.0-0042862833
CollectionsANU Research Publications

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