ERIC Number: ED249006
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Teenage Drinking In Idaho's Rural Communities. Research Bulletin 121.
Lassey, M. L.; Carlson, J. E.
In 1977, 8th and 12th grade students (n=889) from largely rural schools in 3 Idaho counties were surveyed as representive of both early and late stages of the teenage period to determine levels and patterns of liquor consumption. Respondents categorized themselves as nondrinkers (NDs), seldom drinkers (SDs), occasional drinkers (ODs), and frequent drinkers (FDs). Findings contradicted other studies by reflecting an unexpectedly high incidence of rural student drinking. Drinking increased from grade 8 to grade 12: 16% of 8th graders were FDs, while 34% of 12th graders were FDs; 34% of 8th graders were NDs, while 19% of 12th graders were NDs. Liquor was usually acquired from friends or parents. Frequent drinkers from both groups reported high percentages of close fiends who also drank frequently, reflecting peer role in drinking, while nondrinkers were most influenced by their parents. Outside information sources (mass media) about effects of drinking were most influential with 12th grade SDs, ODs, and FDs, while 12th grade NDs and all 8th graders perceived parents to be the best source of information about drinking. Parents, school personnel, community organizations, peer counselors, and mass media sources can contribute to alcohol education by focusing on responsible drinking behavior. (MM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Idaho Univ., Moscow. Agricultural Experiment Station.