Utility theory and adolescent drug abusers in Hong Kong

Kee Lee CHOU, James M.N. CHI'EN

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Abstract

Bauman (1980) showed that the perceived costs and benefits of drug abuse predicted adolescents' subsequent marijuana abuse. The purpose of this study was to replicate the Bauman study with Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong, adding further analysis of individual items of perceived costs and benefits of their drug usage. A total of 77 youth at risk (aged 12–21) were interviewed with a structured questionnaire and their attitudes toward drug abuse, stress level, coping strategies, and parents' marital status were obtained. Congruent with the utility theory, results indicated that the more positive their attitude toward drug abuse, the more likely their involvement in drugs and the higher the observed stages of abuse. However, there was no significant difference between the drug abusers and non-users in some antecedent variables including stress levels in most areas of the adolescent lives, in most stress coping strategies, and parents' marital status. Results are discussed in relation to prevention of adolescent drug abuse. Copyright © 1997 Human Sciences Press, Inc.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)397-412
JournalChild and Adolescent Social Work Journal
Volume14
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1997

Citation

Chou, K.-L., & Chi’en, J. M. N. (1997). Utility theory and adolescent drug abusers in Hong Kong. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 14(6), 397-412. doi: 10.1023/A:1024514913326

Keywords

  • Drug abuse
  • Marital status
  • Social psychology
  • Stress level
  • Coping strategy

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