ERIC Number: ED051729
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Feb-7
Reference Count: 0
Drug Use and Grades in College.
One of the most compelling arguments marshalled against the use of marijuana is that it will instill in the user an amotivational syndrome. A December 1970 Gallup Poll indicated that in a roughly random sample of college students, 42 percent had tried marijuana at least once, double the figure of spring 1969, and a figure that is terrifying indeed, if the amotivational syndrome is to be believed. Studies correlating college student use of illegal drugs and grades do not, however, support the amotivational syndrome view. A survey of six hundred students attending a deviance and delinquency class at Stony Brook indicated that 7 out of 10 had used amphetamines, and 4 percent had used heroin. The GPA's of the marijuana smokers and abstainers were roughly identical. There appeared to be a slight curvilinear relationship between drug use and grades. The highest grades seemed to be earned by the casual marijuana smoker, and the lowest grades by both the heaviest users of drugs, as well as the abstainer. Grades tended to dip with students heavily involved with drugs, with the heroin user having the lowest percentage of B average or better. Three variables: sex, class in college, and parents' socioeconomic status, were introduced and were found to have no effect on these findings. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: State Univ. of New York, Stony Brook.
Note: Paper presented at the 55th Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association, New York, N.Y., February 7, 1971