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NCJ Number: 157832 Find in a Library
Title: Drug Education and Drug Use Decline: An Assessment of Trends From 1976-1984
Author(s): C R Tieman; W L Tolone; L Zuelke
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 30
Sponsoring Agency: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
Sale Source: Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research
P.O. Box 1248
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
United States of America
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the impact of drug education on drug use and analyzed the perceived value of drug education and the extent to which drug education influenced interest in drug use.
Abstract: Three hypotheses were tested: (1) drug education was positively related to the perceived value of drug education; (2) drug education was inversely related to interest in trying drugs; and (3) drug education was inversely related to drug use. The study sample included a nationally representative group of high school seniors. The analysis focused on the 9 years between 1976 and 1984, and approximately 30,000 seniors responded to the questionnaire. Drug education was measured in terms of drug education courses or lectures in school and any other drug education experiences. Findings revealed moderate support for the first hypothesis, less support for the second hypothesis, and hardly any support for the third hypothesis. Study limitations are noted in light of the less than encouraging results on drug- related attitudes and self-report drug use. 20 references and 16 tables
Main Term(s): Drug abuse education
Index Term(s): High school education; Juvenile drug use; Self-report studies; Students
Note: DCC. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Criminology, San Francisco, California, November 1991.
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