Students trading sex for drugs or alcohol happens also in rural BC
From News Release
Vancouver - Just over two percent of teens in rural schools who have ever tried alcohol, marijuana or other drugs report they have also traded sex for these substances, according to University of British Columbia research published today in the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality. This is the first study to track this issue among rural students.
Using 2009 survey data from 2,360 students in Grades 7-12 from 28 schools in B.C.’s East Kootenays, the researchers found equal numbers of boys and girls traded sex, and that up to 98 per cent of them were living at home with family.
Conducted every two years by the East Kootenay Addiction Services Society (EKASS) in Cranbrook, B.C., the survey monitors trends in substance use patterns, related harms and attitudes among students.
“This isn’t just happening in the East Kootenays,” notes co-author Dean Nicholson, executive director of EKASS. “Other research has documented this among students in Quebec, in the U.S., and in Oslo, Norway, at similar rates. So it’s probably an issue in other schools across B.C., but school surveys aren’t asking about this.”
The research team found that trading sex was associated with using illicit drugs other than alcohol or marijuana, and those who traded sex had higher rates of weekly binge drinking than other students.
“Several health issues can be linked to trading sex for alcohol or drugs,” says senior author Elizabeth Saewyc, a professor of nursing and adolescent medicine at UBC. “We need to talk frankly with young people about this issue, both at home and in school.”
A copy of the full paper is available by request. Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc and Dean Nicholson are available for interviews. The study was funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
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Rural students trade sex for drugs or alcohol – researchers available for interviews
A new CIHR-funded study shows that some students in rural schools have traded sex for use of alcohol, marijuana, or other drugs. The research team found that those who traded sex had higher rates of weekly binge drinking than other students. In fact, 47% reported binge drinking once a week or more on
average, compared to 16.7% of the general population. This is the first study to track this issue among rural students. The study, which was published today in the Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality used survey data from 2,360 students in grades 7-12 from 28 schools in the East Kootenays, a rural area of B.C. The researchers found equal numbers of boys and girls traded sex. The majority of these students were living at home with family members. Click here to read the news release. <http://www.publicaffairs.ubc.ca/2012/08/01/students-trading-sex-for-drugs-or-alcohol-happens-also-in-rural-b-c-ubc-research/>
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· Dr. Elizabeth Saewyc, CIHR Public Health Chair and Principal Investigator
· Dr. Joy Johnson, Scientific Director of CIHR Institute of Gender and Health
· Dean Nicholson, CIHR-funded researcher and co-author of the study
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