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Table 3 Results of the Q factor analysis: perceived consequences of cannabis use

From: Identifying archetypal cannabis consumers to inform drug policy design: a Q-sort assessment of young adults’ attitudes in Mexico City’s metropolitan area

Archetype Most important factors (factors: +1, +2) Least important factors (factors: −1, −2) Q-sorts loading Eigenvalue Exp. Var. (%)
A (+2) I feel hungrier, have problems with the police, and spend more money than planned
(+1) I am more introverted, have troubles remembering things, use more marijuana than planned, disappoint me loved ones, and go to work or school under the effects of marijuana
(−2) I feel sick, have respiratory problems, and have problems with my significant other
(−1) I don’t finish activities I start, do things I later regret, feel bad about myself, have troublesome thoughts and unwanted or risky sexual activities
28 14.0 12.7
B (+2) I feel hungrier, don’t finish activities that I start, and spend more money than planned
(+1) I am more introverted, have troubles remembering things, feel tired or without motivation, and have troublesome thoughts
(−2) I don’t show up at school or work, have problems with the police and with family members and friends.
(−1) I don’t like talking to people, feel sick, don’t do well at school or at my job, drive a car under the effects of marijuana, and have unwanted or risky sexual activities
21 11.3 10.3
C (+2) I have troubles remembering things; have problems with family members and friends. My loved ones are disappointed.
(+1) I don’t finish activities I start, use more marijuana than planned, and do things that I later regret, have troublesome thoughts. I feel bad about myself.
(−2) I am more introverted, feel sick and can’t sleep.
(−1) I don’t like talking to people, feel tired or without motivation, go to school or work, and drive a car under the effects of marijuana. Having unwanted or risky sexual activities.
14 10.3 9.3
D (+2) Driving while intoxicated, having problems with my significant other. My loved ones are disappointed
(+1) I feel hungrier, don’t do well at work or school, do things that later regret, have unwanted or risky sexual activities, and spend more money than planned.
(−2) I don’t like talking to people, have troubles remembering things, feel tired or without motivation.
(−1) I am more introverted, can’t sleep, don’t face my problems, feel bad about myself, and have troublesome thoughts.
11 8.5 7.8
  1. Source: Own calculations from original data collected during fieldwork