The Daily Mail says “teenage cannabis smokers face bigger risk of full blown mental illness in later life” (02/06/08): are young cannabis smokers more likely to become mental health service users?

Richardson, Kathy (2009) The Daily Mail says “teenage cannabis smokers face bigger risk of full blown mental illness in later life” (02/06/08): are young cannabis smokers more likely to become mental health service users? BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The topic of this piece of work was based around the subject of cannabis, in particular the causes and effects its use may or may not have on an individuals mental health. This study draws upon previous research looking into whether cannabis when used by adolescents can cause psychotic symptoms in later life. The aim of this dissertation was to disprove the Daily Mail’s hypothesis that “teenage cannabis smokers face bigger risk of full blown mental illness in later life”. The methodology used for the research was literature reviews of both hard copy literature and electronic literature from the internet. This dissertation provided an in depth explanation of the effects of cannabis use looking at the medical, psychological and sociological symptoms of its use. The main findings included evidence to suggest that occasional use of cannabis has few harmful effects, although there is a potentially serious risk to the mental health of people who use cannabis in the presence of other risk factors for schizophrenia. The study concluded by making recommendations with regard to a way forward.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 25 Mar 2011 16:05
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:26
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/2331

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