Using in-depth interviews with 13 adolescents (16-19 years of age) who used alcohol and marijuana, this study examines the role that social and physical contexts play in adolescent decision-making about simultaneous use of alcohol and marijuana.
The research findings show that context matters in three ways:
- context characteristics inform decisions about simultaneous use,
- context characteristics determine simultaneous use patterns such as the sequence in which substances were used, and
- simultaneous alcohol and marijuana use occurred in both destination locations and transitional locations.
First, researchers found that adolescents described decisions about which substance to use – or both together – based on how the physiological effects of the substance would fit with the social, physical, and situational characteristics of the context.
For example, marijuana was named as a substance that could be used in situations during which youth had to maintain control or where they were likely to encounter authority figures.[Read More…]