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Risky behaviors and substance use in youth leisure time

Risky behaviors and substance use in youth leisure time

P. Meringolo
Faculty of Psychology University of Florence
M. Chiodini
Faculty of Psychology University of Florence
E. Moscardi
Faculty of Psychology University of Florence, PhD Student
A. Morandi
Department of Psychology University of Florence, PhD Student
Contact details: meringolo@psico.unifi.it

Abstract
This research is related to a wider program promoted in Italy by European Union, whose participants are Public Institutions, No Profit Enterprises and Faculty of Psychology of University of Florence. The program is aimed to improve health promotion in young people leisure time by means of community based interventions. Theoretical approaches come from studies about risky behavior, legal and illegal substances use, outreach work in leisure time for promoting healthy behaviors. The aim of this step of the research is to obtain quantitative data about youth lifestyle and about risky behaviors, particularly drug use, during entertainment events. Participants are 1283 subjects, male (51,4%) and female, aged 18-30 years, living in different Italian regions.

Instrument: a specifically adapted questionnaire to collect biographical data and information about life style, spending leisure time, risky behaviors and patterns of substance use.
Results highlighted in young people importance of peer group in spending leisure time, patterns of undertaking risky behaviors as legal and illegal substances use, particularly party drugs use, careless and drunken driving coming back from discos, concerts or raves. Results moreover show behaviors change in leisure time, problems in recreational drug use, gender differences, experiences in harm reduction and in health promotion programs.

Key words: Risky behaviors, young people lifestyle, leisure time, community based programs.
 


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P. Meringolo, M. Chiodini, E. Moscardi, & A. Morandi

Meringolo, P
Faculty of Psychology University of Florence)
Chiodini, M.
Faculty of Psychology University of Florence
Moscardi, E.
Faculty of Psychology University of Florence, PhD Student
Morandi, A.
Department of Psychology University of Florence, PhD Student
Contact details: meringolo@psico.unifi.it


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Keywords: Risky behaviors, young people lifestyle, leisure time, community based programs, community psychology, gjcpp, 2nd ICCP