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Cannabis and Young People: Reviewing the Evidence (Child and Adolescent Mental Health) Paperback – 13 Dec 2005

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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers (13 Dec. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843103982
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843103981
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 0.6 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 820,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Provides all the vital information surrounding cannabis in one text Author: Youth & Policy

`This is a useful introduction for any practitioner working with young people.' Author: Journal of Mental Health

`This book aims to strip away the polemics and establish the facts. It provides a concise, but comprehensive literature review of cannabis and young people, including: patterns of use, young people's views, predictors of use, the effects of cannabis, links with the use of other drugs, prevention and treatment, and policy issues. The book is a useful summary and will be of interest to the professional working in the field… This book provides a good guide to the literature and research on cannabis and young people. This will be a valuable resource for anyone researching this field or with a specific interest, such as substance misuse workers in young offenders and juvenile establishments.' - Prison Service Journal

`The content is timely, readily accessible and written in plain English, appealing to profeesional and lay readers. The contextualisation of cannabis use among young people explores a complex range of social factors, notably, gender, age, ethnicity, class and anti-social behaviour… There is a helpful range of websites and literature sources.'

`The book is slim with handy summaries at the end of each chapter, the underlying message being how difficult it is to make hard and fast statements on a subject so riven with ignorance and misinformation and about which everybody seems to be desperate for easy answers and quick fixes'. - Safer Society

`Writing for mental health health professionals and parents, Jenkins (Institue of Psychiatry, London) reviews the evidence in a range of issues relating to the use, young people's views, predictors of use, psychosocial functioning , the gateway effect, prevention and treatment, and policy'. - Book News

`This small book provides a considerable amount of very useful information for those who are involved in seeking to develop programs for the prevention and treatment of cannabis use. This includes parents, teachers, therapists, the police, and many other bodies in society'.

Author: Internet Law Books


Cannabis is at the centre of ongoing controversial and often confused debate. Opinions on its potential impact on health are sharply divided. Some argue that it poses serious risks to mental health, and that adolescent use may lead to psychotic illness in young adulthood, or that it acts as a gateway to hard drugs such as cocaine or opiates. Conversely, others point to alcohol or tobacco being far more harmful, yet entirely legal. "Cannabis and Young People" aims to shed light on the current debates by reviewing all the available evidence on a range of issues relating to the use of cannabis among children and adolescents and summarizing the main conclusions in clear, jargon-free language. Areas covered include: patterns of cannabis use; changes in useage; young people's views on cannabis; the potential harmful effects, including mental health problems, educational attainment, antisocial behaviour; the family and social factors that can initiate cannabis use; the progression to regular use; the effects of decriminalization. This book will be an essential read for anyone needing informed, authoritative information about cannabis and its effects.

Written for professionals, and parents, these accessible, evidence-based resources are essential reading for anyone seeking to understand and promote children and young people's mental health. Drawing on the work of FOCUS, a multidisciplinary project based at the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Research Unit, each title in the series brings together practical and policy-level suggestions with up-to-the-minute analysis of research.

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