Perceived role legitimacy and role importance of Australian school staff in addressing student cannabis use

Peter J. Gates*, Melissa M. Norberg, Paul Dillon, Ramesh Manocha

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Abstract

The high prevalence of cannabis use by Australian secondary school students makes schools an ideal setting for the delivery of substance use prevention programs. Although efficacious school-based cannabis prevention programs exist, there is scant research investigating the perceived role legitimacy and role importance of school staff. As such, this study surveyed a sample of 1691 Australian school staff by utilizing Generation Next seminars which are attended by professionals working with young people. The self-completed survey identified that, despite elevated contact with students relative to other school staff, teachers reported the least role importance and legitimacy of all school staff. Further, teachers reported the lowest level of staff drug education training, which was an important predictor of an increased feeling of role importance and legitimacy among school staff.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)65-79
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Drug Education
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

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