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NCJ Number: 50625 Find in a Library
Title: DRUG USE, ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE, AND CAREER INDECISION LONGITUDINAL DATA IN SEARCH OF A MODEL (FROM LONGITUDINAL RESEARCH ON DRUG USE, 1978, BY DENISE B KANDEL - SEE NCJ-50619)
Author(s): G D MELLINGER; R H SOMERS; S BAZELL; D I MANHEIMER
Corporate Author: Hemisphere Publishing Corp
United States of America
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: Hemisphere Publishing Corp
Bristol, PA 19007
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A COMPARISON OF ACADEMIC AND CAREER PROGRESS AMONG DRUG USERS AND NONUSERS IN A SAMPLE OF MALE COLLEGE STUDENTS IS DOCUMENTED.
Abstract: THE STUDY SAMPLE CONSISTED OF 960 MEN WHO ENTERED THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA AT BERKELEY AS FRESHMEN IN FALL 1970. DATA WERE COLLECTED EARLY IN THE FRESHMEN YEAR, AND AGAIN 2.5 YEARS LATER. FOLLOWUP DATA WERE OBTAINED FOR 834 OF THE STUDENTS. THE ANALYSIS ENCOMPASSES RELATIONSHIPS AMONG DRUG USE, CLARITY OF OCCUPATIONAL GOALS, AND ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE. NO EVIDENCE WAS FOUND TO INDICATE THAT THE GENERALLY MODERATE PATTERNS OF DRUG USE PREVALENT IN THE COLLEGE SETTING HAVE NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES, INDEPENDENT OF OTHER CHARACTERISTICS, FOR ACADEMIC AND CAREER PROGRESS. THERE IS SOME EVIDENCE, HOWEVER, THAT DRUG USE HAS ADVERSE CONSEQUENCES FOR SUBGROUPS OF CONTINUING USERS OF MULTIPLE DRUGS. THERE IS NO STATISTICALLY CONVINCING EVIDENCE THAT USING ONLY MARIHUANA HAS ANY ADVERSE CONSEQUENCES. FOR MOST USERS, DRUG USE, LIKE ALCOHOL USE, APPEARS TO BE A SOCIAL RATHER THAN A PATHOLOGICAL PHENOMENON. ONE METHODOLOGICAL IMPLICATION OF THE FINDINGS IS THAT DRUG RESEARCH, BY FOCUSING ATTENTION ON DRUG USERS, MAY TEND TO OVERLOOK IMPORTANT CHARACTERISTICS OF NONUSERS WHO, IN SOME SOCIAL SETTINGS, REPRESENT A DEVIANT SUBCULTURE. SUPPORTING DATA AND A LIST OF REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED. (LKM)
Index Term(s): Behavioral science research; California; Drug abuse; Drug effects; Drug research; Marijuana; Students; Studies
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