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NCJ Number: 156653 Find in a Library
Title: Causes of Drug Use: What Do College Students Think
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:19  Issue:4  Dated:(December 1992)  Pages:363-371
Author(s): S J Muncer; R Epro; L Sidorowicz; A Campbell
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 9
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study used network analysis to examine college students' opinions on causes of drug abuse among their peer group.
Abstract: Ninety-four undergraduates were allowed to nominate freely causes of drug use. The 10 most frequently cited causes were placed on a matrix, and subjects were then asked to determine whether there was a cause-and-effect link between each pair of nominated causes. The composite matrix was then subjected to network analysis. The most frequently nominated causes were intrapersonal (i.e., addiction, stress, depression), although interpersonal (peer pressure) and environmental variables (easy access to drugs) were also significant. Network analysis gave rise to three distinct proximal causes of drug use: a disinhibitory motivational cause, a negative motivational cause, and a positive motivational cause. College students saw individual adjustment problems, along with peer pressure, as the temporally most immediate causes of drug use. 2 figures and 17 references
Main Term(s): Drug use
Index Term(s): Drug offenders; Juvenile drug use; Social network analysis
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