ERIC Number: ED328850
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-May
Reference Count: 0
A Survey of Alcohol and Other Drug Use among Nevada Students.
Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, Berkeley, CA.; Nevada State Dept. of Education, Carson City.
The Nevada Department of Education administered a survey to a sample of students (N=16,937) in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12, to collect baseline data on the pervasiveness of drug and alcohol use. The survey looked at use and user characteristics. Indicators of use included abuse, familiarity with others who use, and ease of access. User characteristics included age of first drink, trouble with the law, future aspirations, use and availability in the home and role of the school. The results found that alcohol was the number one drug of abuse, and that there was a greater attitudinal tolerance for this drug among students and parents. Patterns of usage and age of onset indicated that prevention programs with a "don't start" message must begin well before the sixth grade. Also, students appeared to have an inflated belief regarding the extent of drug use by peers, and peer influences increased with age. Sources of influence included home, school and especially the media. Also, many youths were aware of substance abuse problems among family and friends. (90 tables) (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, Berkeley, CA.; Nevada State Dept. of Education, Carson City.
Note: Many of the tables contain small type.