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Title: Adolescent Drug Use and Intentions to Use Drugs in the Future: A Concurrent Analysis (From Drug Abuse: Foundation for a Psychosocial Approach, P 111-116, 1984, Seymour Eiseman, Joseph A Wingard, et al, eds. - See NCJ-169972)
Author(s): G J Huba; J A Wingard; P M Bentler
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Baywood Publishing Co, Inc.
Amityville, NY 11701
National Institute on Drug Abuse
Bethesda, MD 20892-9561
Grant Number: DA01070
Sale Source: Baywood Publishing Co, Inc.
26 Austin Avenue
P.O. Box 337
Amityville, NY 11701
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study of junior high school students in the Los Angeles area found the intention to use drugs in the future was associated with current drug use behavior.
Abstract: Study participants included students in the 7th through 9th grades in 11 schools in the greater metropolitan area of Los Angeles. Of 1,634 students providing usable responses, 35.6 percent were male and 64.4 percent were female. White students comprised 56.4 percent of the sample, with Spanish, Black, and Asian students comprising 14.8 percent, 23.6 percent, and 5.2 percent of the sample, respectively. Each participant completed a questionnaire about the number of times a particular substance had been used. Frequency of use data were collected for cigarettes, beer, wine, liquor, cocaine, tranquilizers, drug store medications used to get high, heroin and other opiates, marijuana, hashish, inhalants, hallucinogens, and amphetamines. Participants also completed questionnaires about their intention to use drugs in the future. Results showed future intent to use drugs was associated with current drug use behavior. The association between behavior and cognitive plans, while statistically significant, was not of a magnitude large enough to indicate intentions were entirely synonymous with current drug use. Only about 20 percent of the variance in future intentions could be explained by current drug use. Further research is recommended to determine what additional sources serve to determine drug use choices. 7 references and 3 tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Amphetamines; California; Cocaine; Drug abuse; Hashish; Heroin; Juvenile drug abusers; Marijuana; Opioids; Students; Tobacco use; Tranquilizers; Underage Drinking
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