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NCJ Number: 143057 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Sociodemographic and Attitudinal Correlates of Alcohol and Other Drug Use Among Children and Adolescents: Analysis of a Large-Scale Attitude Tracking Study
Journal: Journal of Psychoactive Drugs  Volume:25  Issue:3  Dated:(July-September 1993)  Pages:223-237
Author(s): T R Zastowny; E H Adams; G S Black; K B Lawton; A L Wilder
Date Published: 1993
Page Count: 15
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: DA06513
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Data from the Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) were analyzed to assess contributing factors to alcohol and other drug use among children and adolescents.
Abstract: The study hypothesized that sociodemographic factors, characteristics of family and friends, attitudes toward drugs, and personal risk perceptions would be significantly related to alcohol and other drug use. It was also hypothesized that various explanatory models could be developed for children and adolescents to predict alcohol and other drug use. Data were collected from children and adolescents between 9 and 17 years of age in 100 central locations across the United States. The overall research design included a repeated sampling approach using four waves of data and involved the use of age-specific, self-administered questionnaires. The analysis, which primarily employed stepwise multiple regression for model estimation, reinforced the importance of marijuana use by friends, perceived risk, and tobacco and alcohol use in predicting marijuana use. An exposure model which included antidrug advertisements was a particularly powerful model in predicting alcohol and drug use by young people. Nonetheless, no single model worked equally well in identifying correlates of alcohol and other drug use by children and adolescents. Implications of the findings for drug prevention and intervention are discussed. An appendix lists sociodemographic and attitudinal variables used in the study. 25 references, 7 notes, 6 tables, and 1 figure
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Drug prevention programs; Drug treatment programs; Juvenile drug abusers; Marijuana; Public Opinion of Drug Abuse; Underage Drinking
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