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New study finds that older age and receiving free school meals is associated with an increased likelihood of substance use among schoolchildren

26 April 2012

A new study, published today in the Journal of Public Health, explores the relationship between substance use, subjective wellbeing and socioeconomic status in 10-15 year olds attending schools in two local authorities in the North West of England. The authors, Siobhan Farmer and Dr. Barbara Hanratty from the University of Liverpool, have found that receiving free school meals and a feeling of wellbeing are associated with substance use in children and young people. Young people who report being happy or are able to communicate with their family rather than friends are less likely to use substances. But older age and receiving free school meals are associated with an increased likelihood of substance use.

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