ERIC Number: ED333323
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Biennial Statewide Survey of Drug and Alcohol Use among California Students in Grades 7, 9, and 11. Winter 1989-90.
Skager, Rodney; And Others
The third Attorney General's California Student Substance Use Survey was conducted between December 1989 and March 1990. A total of 6,282 students in grades 7, 9, and 11 participated. The primary focus was the extent to which declines in the use of drugs other than alcohol observed in the 1987-88 survey persisted, and whether the decline included alcohol. Also, the survey sought to determine whether any changes had occurred regarding the proportion of youth classified as high-risk users. A drop in alcohol use was registered among students in all three grade levels. This occurred despite evidence that intensive alcohol promotion in our society tends to neutralize alcohol prevention for young people. Further declines were also registered in the use of most other drugs, especially marijuana and cocaine, among older students. Finally, there were parallel drops in the percentages of students who were drunk or high. Other results provide at least tentative support for the hypothesis that adolescents who engage in high-risk drug use are a relatively resistant subgroup with respect to the antidrug messages currently being disseminated. Furthermore, alcohol use continues to prove itself more resistant to prevention efforts. In addition, there is a large group of adolescents who did not participate in the survey because they left school. Alcohol and other drug use among these youth is likely to much higher than among those remaining in school. Survey instruments and administration guidelines are appended. (LLL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Justice, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: N/A