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Photovoice as a tool for exploring perceptions of marijuana use among Appalachian adolescents.

Authors
  • Harley, Dana1
  • Rose, Theda2
  • Goings, Trenette Clark3
  • Canfield, James4
  • 1 University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 2 University of Maryland Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland.
  • 3 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  • 4 Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of ethnicity in substance abuse
Publication Date
Apr 08, 2021
Pages
1–21
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/15332640.2021.1908922
PMID: 33829961
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

This study explored perceptions of marijuana use and abstinence among urban and rural Appalachian high school students using photovoice, enabling this subset of youth to co-construct their perceptions of marijuana use and abstinence. Twelve adolescents, ages 14-17, participated in the study. Participants identified managing stress and feeling peer pressure as two reasons teens might use marijuana. Participants identified four reasons for adolescent marijuana abstinence including having positive relationships, identifying with religion/spirituality, participating in extracurricular activities, and avoiding negative outcomes. Findings suggest that participants may smoke marijuana due to peer pressure and to cope with stress. Collective approaches including families, communities, and faith organizations may be important marijuana use prevention approaches for Appalachian adolescents.

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