Authors: Michelle Castro, Ali M. Yurasek, Ph.D., Ricarda K. Pritschmann, M.S.
Faculty Mentor: Ali M. Yurasek, Ph.D
College: College of Health and Human Performance
Background: Truancy refers to unexpected absences from school without parental or school approval. Adolescents who are truant are more likely to report failing grades, low perceptions of graduation, and higher levels of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use. Marijuana use among adolescents is associated with various short-term and long-term consequences including delinquency, school dropout, health problems, and future risk of substance use disorder. The aim of this study is to assess how marijuana using truant adolescents consider the future when making decisions in the present using the Consideration of Future Consequences (CFC) scale compared to their non-using peers. Method: This study will recruit 100 participants. Currently, 14 truant adolescents (Mage= 15.4, 85.7% female), who reported at least 5 unexcused absences from school in 90 days, have completed an online assessment. Of the 14 participants, 5 reported using marijuana. ANCOVAs will be conducted to examine scores on the CFC between marijuana using and non-using adolescents. Expected Results: We hypothesize that marijuana using, truant adolescents will report lower CFC scores, (thus consider the future less) compared to those who do not use marijuana. Findings can be used to inform and supplement marijuana intervention and prevention programs.