Adolescent precursors of cannabis dependence: findings from the Victorian Adolescent Health Cohort Study.

@article{Coffey2003AdolescentPO,
  title={Adolescent precursors of cannabis dependence: findings from the Victorian Adolescent Health Cohort Study.},
  author={Carolyn Coffey and John B Carlin and Michael T Lynskey and Ning Li and George C. Patton},
  journal={The British journal of psychiatry : the journal of mental science},
  year={2003},
  volume={182},
  pages={
          330-6
        }
}
BACKGROUND Dependence increases the likelihood of adverse consequences of cannabis use, but its aetiology is poorly understood. AIMS To examine adolescent precursors of young-adult cannabis dependence. METHOD Putative risk factors were measured in a representative sample (n=2032) of secondary students in the State of Victoria, Australia, six times between 1992 and 1995. Cannabis dependence was assessed in 1998, at age 20-21 years. RESULTS Of 1601 young adults, 115 met criteria for… CONTINUE READING

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