Antecedents of substance use at ages 8, 10 and 12 years: appendix 6 to Pathways to Problems report

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Bowen, Erica
Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs
Date of publication
13 September 2006
Substance Misuse, Children and Young People
Social welfare
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This report examines variables relating to smoking, alcohol and cannabis consumption amongst children aged between 8 and 12 years. The report uses evidence from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children, a large study following a cohort of children born to mothers resident in Avon while pregnant between 1991 and 1992. The data used in the present study pertains to maternal substance use during and after pregnancy (47 months postpartum), partner substance use in the same postpartum period and a variety of child-based characteristics assessed between the ages of 47 months and 10 years. The outcomes are substance use at ages 8, 10 and 12. Extensive data is presented and analysed in relation to tobacco smoking, drinking alcohol and cannabis use at each of these ages.

This report is an appendix to the Pathways to Problems report (2006) on the use of tobacco, alcohol and other drugs by young people in the UK.