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NCJ Number: 119666 Find in a Library
Title: Contribution to the Study of Young People's Attitudes Towards Drug Use and Users
Journal: Bulletin on Narcotics  Volume:37  Issue:2 and 3  Dated:(April-September 1985)  Pages:99-106
Author(s): G Lebeer; J Orenbuch
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 8
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Belgium
Annotation: A 1983 survey of a sample of 569 students drawn from the general, technical, and vocational departments of 17 schools in Brussels, Belgium, revealed a diversity of attitudes toward drug use and users.
Abstract: Twelve percent supported the view that drug users had no distinguishing feature and should not be subject to the social constraints applied to them; 32.7 percent expressed compassion for drug users, who, because of their poor health and relations with the authorities, should receive help but only at their request; 29.7 percent were dispassionate and expressed neither positive or negative attitudes toward drug users; 12.2 percent thought that drug users were sick people for whom medical intervention was necessary, even without their consent; 13.4 percent thought that drug users were responsible for their condition, which requires intervention that encompasses severe repressive measures. The findings suggest that a drug educational program should not treat drug use as a monolithic concept confined to legal and medical definitions; rather, it should be addressed in the context of prevailing attitudes and the factors involved. 3 tables, 8 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Adolescent attitudes
Index Term(s): Belgium; Juvenile drug use
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