Youth in Europe report (Substance use and social factors)

Youth in Europe

“Youth in Europe – A Drug Prevention Program” was initiated in 2005 and since then over thirty municipalities in fifteen countries in Europe have participated and made use of the successful methodology behind the program.

The program is based on primary prevention work initiated in Iceland in 1998. Through that work substance use has decreased more in Iceland than in any other Western country and use of substances measures lowest there amongst youth in comparison to all European countries.

“Youth in Europe” is considered by many to be the biggest health promotion project targeting youth substance abuse across Europe. This evidence-based, international programme was initiated by Icelandic Scientists, The City of Reykjavik and ECAD (European Cities Against Drugs) and is carried out in cooperation with major European cities. Taking a broadly holistic approach, its aim is to decrease the likelihood of substance use among young people.

The core elements of the project are three: community based approach, collaboration between researchers, policy makers and people in the field, and evidence based work.

The target population
The target population is students of the age group 15-16 year olds, one grade according to school system in each city, normally but not necessarily the highest class in grammar school. The sample was randomly drawn in each city and the sample unit is school classes rather than entire schools or individual students. School classes were randomly selected from a list of classes in every participating city. Total population of students was used where the number of students was smaller than sample size.

Youth in Europe report 2016/2017
Substance use and social factors
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