The Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS) has been established by the Scottish Executive to allow a broad-based approach to the monitoring of substance use among secondary school children in Scotland at both national and local level. It continues the biennial surveys of secondary school children undertaken between 1982 and 2000 in England and Scotland at the request of the Department of Health and the Scottish Executive Health Department (formerly the Scottish Office Department of Health). In Scotland the surveys were initially undertaken to provide estimates of the proportion of children aged 12-15 who smoked, and to describe patterns of smoking behaviour among smokers. From 1990 the surveys have included some questions on drinking in order to provide estimates of alcohol consumption. In 1998 a small number of questions on drugs were also included at the request of the Scottish Executive to provide information in support of Scotland's new drugs strategy.
Following a review of Scotland's future information needs in relation to drug misuse among school-aged children, it was decided to carry out a large disaggregated substance use survey in Scotland that would also include information about other lifestyle and contextual factors that may be associated with drug-taking.
The main topics include:
Note: The dataset does not include variables obtained from questions taken from the HBSC series of surveys or any derived variables created using these items. The annotated questionnaire included in the documentation shows which variables these are.
Cross-sectional (one-time) study; conducted between February 2002-April 2002.
Machine-readable User Guide in Adobe PDF format.
Survey data written to CD-ROM 17/8/05.
SPSS files .
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This article was published on Aug 20, 2013