The moderating effect of family and community protective factors on the relationship between family and community risk factors and adolescent alcohol and marijuana use

Katarina Serdar1 & Martina Ferić1

1Laboratory for prevention research (PrevLab), Department of Behavioural Disorders, Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb

The following research work was presented as a poster at the 14th EUSPR Conference, which took place in Sarajevo in 2023.

The aim of this poster is to present a doctoral thesis on “The moderating effect of family and community protective factors on the relationship between family and community risk factors and adolescent alcohol and marijuana use.” The purpose of this work is to provide insights into how family and community protective factors modify the relationship between family and community risk factors and adolescent alcohol and marijuana use. The theoretical starting points of the work are the social development strategy and the concept of risk and protective factors. Although there are a number of studies that demonstrate the influence of risk and protective factors in the family and community on adolescent alcohol and marijuana use, there are almost no studies that have examined the moderating effect of protective factors in the family and community on the relationship between risk factors in the family and community and adolescent alcohol and marijuana use. There are no such studies in Croatia. Therefore, the study of the moderating effect of family and community protective factors on the relationship between family and community risk factors and adolescent alcohol and marijuana use represents the scientific contribution of this dissertation.

The contribution to the development of society is that, based on the findings in this dissertation, it will be possible to develop comprehensive evidence-based preventive interventions, strategies, and/or policies that target families and communities to prevent substance use among young people.

The moderating effect of family and community protective factors on the relationship between family and community risk factors and adolescent alcohol and marijuana use

 

 

About the Author, Katarina Serdar

Katarina Serdar, mag. paed. soc. (katarina.serdar[at]erf.unizg.hr), work as an associate at the Department of Behavioural Disorders, Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Zagreb. She is a member of the Laboratory for Prevention Research at the same Faculty. Since 2021, she has been enrolled in the Postgraduate Doctoral Programme in Prevention Science and Disability Study (Module: Prevention Science) at the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Zagreb. Her research interests include community-based prevention, prevention of substance use, prevention of behavioural problems in children and adolescents, and the development, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based prevention programmes.

 

Contacts of the other members of the project team

 

Prof. Martina Ferić, PhD (martina.feric[at]erf.unizg.hr)

Dr. Matea Belošević, PhD (matea.belosevic[at]erf.unizg.hr)

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EUSPR Early Careers Forum (2024, May 2). The moderating effect of family and community protective factors on the relationship between family and community risk factors and adolescent alcohol and marijuana use. Preventing disease and ill health. Retrieved June 16, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.58079/10spc

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