Abstract. Aims: Based on a sample of ninth-graders, this study aims on determining the proportion of students having ever been reached by addiction prevention measures (coverage of addiction prevention) regarding different methods of consumption (alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, ecstasy/LSD, gambling, and gaming). Methodology: The study is based on a representative survey of ninth graders in Lower Saxony, Germany (n = 10638). Results: 82.7% of the ninth graders claim to have experienced addiction prevention regarding at least one of the examined methods of consumption. The coverage of addiction prevention varies between the consumption risks addressed: smoking: 66.5 %; alcohol: 73.3 %; cannabis: 53.6 %; ecstasy/LSD: 37.4 %; gambling: 22.1 %; gaming: 35.7 %. The measures used to mediate prevention also vary: Lesson taught by a teacher: 55.5 %; workshop: 26.6 %; project week: 24.4 %; competition: 8.5 %; experience/interactive station: 11.5 %; information material: 26.8 %; online information: 28.1 %. While urbanization of living area is of less importance for coverage of addiction prevention, lower secondary school students are less likely ever having received external addiction prevention measures compared to higher secondary students. Conclusion: The results show that addiction prevention aiming on illegal substances and especially behavioral addictions reaches only a small proportion of young people and must be strengthened.
Research Areas and Centers
- Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)