Volatile Solvent Use Among Western Australian Adolescents

A. Carroll, Stephen Houghton, P. Odgers

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Abstract

Semistructured interviews were conducted with 40 adolescents who reported inhaling volatile solvents. Their average age was 14.2 years, and they used a range of substances. All were aware of the short-term health risks involved in volatile solvent use, and most reported experiencing ill effects, such as headaches and vomiting. Users were found to be organized into groups and peer networks, which often were involved in theft, prostitution, and other risk-taking behaviors. More chronic users had higher status within the group. Suggestions pertaining to intervention were obtained, and these are discussed in light of the findings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)877-889
JournalAdolescence
Volume33
Issue number132
Publication statusPublished - 1998

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Carroll, A., Houghton, S., & Odgers, P. (1998). Volatile Solvent Use Among Western Australian Adolescents. Adolescence, 33(132), 877-889.