Tendensies in the use of stimuli (alcohol, medications and illegal drugs) of Dutch speaking youngsters between 11 and 22 in Brussels and Vlaams Brabant.

Project Details


By means of epidemiological research in 1994 data has been collected on substance use of Dutch speaking students in secondary and higher education aged 12 to 22 years in Brussels. Although the questionnaire was constructed in order to make comparisons as far as possible, it was not possible to draw reliable comparisons with similar Flemish researches. None of these researches has conducted a second survey of their population. Based on these regional cross-sectional studies it's impossible to check the trends of substance use of adolescents. Harrison makes mention of a distinct increase since 1991 of adolescent licit and illicit drug use in the U.S.. Also in Europe such an increase of substance use is noted for most European countries. At this moment we are unable to make scientific statements on the Begium situation.To detect the dynamics in substance use of adolescents, repeated surveys at certain base are necessary. Insight in trends of adolescents substance use in the 90s is useful for different purposes. Working out trends in substance use, implies repeated survey research in the same region. The questionnaire will be fairly identical to the first one. The survey will geographically expand to the Brussels Capital Region and the Province of Vlaams- Brabant. The extension of the population studied to 5.000 respondents gives the opportunity to correlate some factors to harddrug use. The goal of this investigation is twofold: to accumulate up-to-date knowledge of substance use in the adolescence as a whole as well as in subpopulations and to gain insight into the dynamics of drug use in the population by comparing current figures with those of 1994 and 1998.
Effective start/end date1/01/9831/12/99


  • psychology

Flemish discipline codes

  • Psychology and cognitive sciences
  • Pedagogical and educational sciences
  • Sociology and anthropology
  • Law and legal studies
  • Health sciences