ERIC Number: ED024071
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1966-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Drug Use and Student Values.
Student drug use is closely related to the dominant pressures on American students. The pressure for cognitive professional competence leads to a search for meaning in other areas of life; the feeling and fear of psychological numbing leads to a pursuit of experiences for its own sake. Many students have come to feel that the states induced by drugs will automatically produce a revelation of life's meaning or, at least, an experience which will be highly significant and illuminating. Despite the presence of some values which are consistent with drug use, most students have other values arguing against drug use. A type of student who is particularly prone to drug abuse, the "disaffiliates," have few values militating against drug use, and strong motivations that incline them toward drugs. Some factors predisposing these students toward drug abuse are summarized. In dealing with the drug user, we must attempt to provide him with alternate routes to attain valid goals. The students are reacting not only to the individual circumstances of their past, but to dilemmas that confront their entire generation. In counseling, it is important to acknowledge that the question of drug use is not a medical issue, but an existential, philosophical, and ethical issue. (IM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Food and Drug Administration (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, Detroit, MI.
Note: Paper presented at National Association of Student Personnel Administrators Drug Education Conference, Washington, D.C., November 7-8, 1966.