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Table 1 Focus group composition

From: A qualitative study exploring young offenders’ perspectives on alcohol and other drug health promotion

Focus Group 1 Male unit: four participants
Age: 14 years
Cultural background: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander (n = 2) and Pacific Islander (n = 2)
Drug use: alcohol, cannabis, MDMA & methamphetamine
Two guards present
Focus Group 2 Female unit: four participants
Age range: 16 – 18 years
Cultural background: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander (n = 1) and Anglo (n = 3)
Drug use: cannabis, cocaine, MDMA & methamphetamine
Two guards present
Focus Group 3 Female unit: four participants
Age range: 14 – 17 years
Cultural background: Anglo (n = 4)
Drug use: alcohol, benzodiazepines, cannabis, ketamine, MDMA, & methamphetamine
Two guards present
Focus Group 4 Male unit: two participants
Age: 14 years
Cultural background: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander (n = 2)
Drug use: cannabis and alcohol
Two guards present
Focus Group 5 Mixed unit: four participants (3 males and one female)
Age range: 13 – 18 years
Cultural background: Undisclosed
Drug use: alcohol, buprenorphine, cannabis, cocaine, LSD, MDMA & methamphetamine
Two guards present
Focus Group 6 Female unit: five participants
Age range: 15 – 18 years
Cultural background: Anglo (n = 1), Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander (n = 3) and Pacific (Samoan – Tongan) (n = 1)
Drug use: benzodiazepines, cannabis, cocaine, GHB, LSD & MDMA
One guard present
Focus Group 7 Female unit: two participants
Age range: 16 – 18 years
Cultural background: Aboriginal, South African (n = 1) and Anglo, Italian (n = 1)
Drug use: benzodiazepines, buprenorphine, cannabis, GHB, GBL, heroin, ketamine, LSD, MDMA, methamphetamine
One guard present
Focus Group 8 Female unit: five participants
Age range: 12 – 15 years
Cultural background: undisclosed
Drug use: benzodiazepines, cocaine, heroin & methamphetamine
*Difficult focus group which required guard intervention and presence of caseworker to support discussions
Three guards present
Focus Group 9 Male unit: three participants
Age: 14 years
Cultural background: Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander (n = 3)
Drug use: alcohol, cannabis, MDMA
One guard present