The threat of hepatitis C as an influence on injecting amphetamine users' change towards non-injecting

Davey, Jeremy D., Richards, Naomi L., Lang, Cathryne P., & Davies, Amanda (2006) The threat of hepatitis C as an influence on injecting amphetamine users' change towards non-injecting. Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse, 15(4), pp. 89-104.

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Young injecting drug users are a particularly vulnerable group for Hepatitis C (HCV) infection. One method for minimising the risk of contraction of Hepatitis C for amphetamine users (not widely explored in the research to date) is through encouraging non-injecting routes of administration (NIROA). Self-report data from 150 young injecting amphetamine users was analysed to investigate the influence of Hepatitis C threat on the decision to cease injecting and the worth of promoting the use of NIROA. Application of the Transtheoretical Model of Behaviour Change and the Expanded Health Belief Model showed that threat of Hepatitis C was not perceived as reason to cease injecting at any stage in the injecting career. Cessation was a result of personal choice, rather than response to any type of threat. This supports the promotion of harm reduction rather than abstinence campaigns. Furthermore, the deficits in knowledge of Hepatitis C threat are worthy of campaign attention.

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ID Code: 8400
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Communicable Diseases, Drug Use, Risk Reduction, Measurement Techniques, Young Adults, Health Promotion, Drug Education, Behavior Change, Self Motivation, Influences
DOI: 10.1300/J029v15n04_05
ISSN: 1547-0652
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Health and Community Services (111708)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Past > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Haworth Press
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Deposited On: 02 Jul 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:22

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