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NCJ Number: 169239 Find in a Library
Title: More Children Are Using Drugs (From Illegal Drugs, P 16-19, 1998, Charles P. Cozic, ed. - See NCJ-169238)
Corporate Author: Partnership for a Drug-Free America
United States of America
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Greenhaven Press
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
Partnership for a Drug-Free America
New York, NY 10174
Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter reports on a study that investigated the drug use and attitudes of 12,292 children, teens and parents.
Abstract: The 1996 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study found significant erosion in antidrug attitudes and more 9- to 12-year-olds using illicit drugs, particularly marijuana. The normalization of illicit drugs that has occurred among teenagers is now trickling down to younger children. The study showed that today's 4th, 5th and 6th graders are less likely to consider drugs harmful and risky; more likely to believe drug use is widespread and acceptable; more report having friends who use illicit drugs; fewer report receiving information about the dangers of drugs from school, TV shows and commercials, news, movies and friends; and fewer report knowing what to do if someone offers them drugs. Children continue to cite parents as a reliable source of information about the dangers of drugs. Research shows that regular communication with children about drugs, carefully listening to what they know and feel about drugs, is one of the most effective ways to reduce drug involvement among children. Tables
Main Term(s): Controlled Substances
Index Term(s): Adolescent attitudes; Age group comparisons; Data collections; Drug abuse education; Drug information; Juvenile drug use; Juveniles; Marijuana; Parental influence
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