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NCJ Number: 156259 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Use and Its Relation to High School Students' Activities
Journal: Psychological Reports  Volume:68  Dated:(1991)  Pages:363-367
Author(s): L M Lewandowski; A S Westman
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 5
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: High school students' attitudes, drug use, and money spent on drugs was studied in a sample of 42 students enrolled in alternative education designed for students at risk for drug abuse, pregnancy, and other problems and 65 regular students who were a mixture of college and noncollege bound in a Detroit suburb.
Abstract: Results revealed that the two groups did not differ in actual drug use, probably because those who recommended students to the alternative education program used low grade point average and not drug use as the criterion. The drugs most used were readily available substances such as alcohol. The use of a drug, spending money on it, or believing that it is all right for adolescents to use the drug did not automatically indicate frequent use of the drug. Contrary to adults' expectations, spending a lot of time with peers decreased the use of soft drugs. For some youths, family activities involved the use of hard drugs together or the condoning of drug use. Findings indicate that to create effective drug prevention programs, the effects of different activities should be explored further, and admission criteria need to be well delineated. Tables and 4 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes
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