Motivations for the use of "legal highs": a content analysis

Weeks, Leanne (2014) Motivations for the use of "legal highs": a content analysis. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    The purpose of this dissertation is to identify the key motivations for legal high usage. Legal highs are becoming increasingly popular and therefore must be researched in order to gain knowledge about them.
    The method used in this research is a thematic analysis whereby online internet forums are analysed and the most frequently occurring topics of discussion are highlighted to determine the key motivations for legal high usage.
    This study found that the most common motivation for legal high consumption is the desire to experience positive feelings such as euphoria and increased confidence. Moreover, the findings are that whilst forum members enjoy partaking in legal high use, they are ensuring that they adhere to safety strategies to avoid a 'bad trip' and overdosing.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Beth Atkins
    Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2015 14:33
    Last Modified: 06 Mar 2015 14:33

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