Drug Use within Vocational Education: Health Promotion, Social Relations and Institutional Organization AIM – The article explores the significance of drug use and peer relations for students’ participation in vocational education. DESIGN – From 22 qualitative interviews two girls’ case stories are analyzed, one still being in, the other having left vocational education. The article is rooted in theory of social practice and critical psychology. Key concepts include institutional and personal trajectories of participation. RESULTS – Learning in vocational education is part of how young people develop and coordinate their trajectory of everyday social life. Additionally drug use may become important in the process of forming peer relations. For some students, the focus is drifting from vocational to social interactions with drugs. School institutional organization including the significance of other students, teachers, and student counselors play an important role with regard to students’ participation in and dropout of vocational school. CONCLUSIONS – Organizing social life in vocational schools influences students’ learning as well as dropout and tobacco, alcohol, and drug use.
Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 2012, Vol 29, Issue 5, p. 467-484
Vocational school, institutional organization, social relations, drug use, retension, dropout, institutional trajectory of participation, personal trajectory of participation; Vocational school; institutional organization; social relations; drug use; retention; dropout; institutional trajectory of participation; personal trajectory of participation