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NCJ Number: 140167 Find in a Library
Title: Dubious Consensus: Support for Anti-Drug Policy Among Dutch and Canadian University Students
Journal: Journal of Drug Issues  Volume:22  Issue:4  Dated:(Fall 1992)  Pages:903-922
Author(s): B K Alexander; C Lewis; J van Wijngaarden; G van de Wijngaart
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 20
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The strength of support for severe anti-drug policies outside the United States was assessed by administering a 50- item questionnaire to 241 Dutch and 226 Canadian university students. The Canadian students were enrolled in a social issues course that discussed evidence for and against current anti-drug policies; these students completed a pre- and post- course survey.
Abstract: Five underlying factors were identified by the researchers: temperance outlook, antipathy toward addictive drugs, need for awareness of the dangers of drugs, support for draconian rather than administrative methods, and personal responsibility for anti-social acts. Compared to the Dutch sample, the Canadian students scored higher on many individual questionnaire items and on the first four underlying factors, which indicated support for anti-drug policies. However, the results revealed that both groups showed considerable polarization in their responses as well as moderate support for current anti-drug attitudes and policy. Interestingly, the Canadian students shifted away from support for anti-drug policies after completing the social issues course, suggesting that there may not be a strong international consensus on this issue. 3 tables, 1 figure, 5 notes, and 29 notes
Main Term(s): Attitudes toward authority; Drug law enforcement
Index Term(s): Canada; Netherlands
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