Patterns of psychoactive substance use among Arab secondary school students in Israel

Faisal Azaiza, Meyrav Shoham, Rachel Bar-Hamburger, Khaled Abu-Asbeh

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The current study examines patterns and trends in the use of psychoactive substances among Arab secondary school students throughout Israel. Data were collected in late 2004 using self-report questionnaires. The sample consisted of 2,944 students, Grades 7 through 12. Participants were sampled using a cluster method from schools throughout Israel. Results indicate higher use rates among males and among low-religiosity adolescents, as well as a strong link among attitudes, risk perception, behavioral intentions, and substance use. The study's implications and limitations, as well as possibilities for future research, are discussed. This study was funded by the Israel Anti-Drug Authority.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1489-1506
Number of pages18
JournalSubstance Use and Misuse
Issue number11
StatePublished - Sep 2008


  • Arab adolescents
  • Drugs
  • Psychoactive substance use
  • Substance abuse

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)


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