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Cigarettes, alcohol, drugs and self-esteem: A comparison of 15-16-year-olds from France and the UK

Miller, Patrick; Plant, Martin; Choquet, Marie; Ledoux, Sylvie


Patrick Miller

Martin Plant

Marie Choquet

Sylvie Ledoux


This paper compares samples of 15-16-year-olds from the UK and France on their use of the Rosenberg Self-esteem Scale (Rosenberg 1965) and on the relationships between total self-esteem and substance use. On all 10 of the scale items French students used the extreme ratings to a far greater extent than did UK students. However, the means and standard deviations obtained on adding up the 10 item scores were similar. In both countries, boys showed higher self-esteem than girls and heavy cigarette smoking was associated with low self-esteem. There were no other significant relationships between self-esteem and substance use for the French children, but there were several such, particularly for girls, in the UK.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Aug 6, 2002
Journal Journal of Substance Use
Print ISSN 1465-9891
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Volume 7
Issue 2
Pages 71-77
Keywords substance use, self-esteem, teenagers
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