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ERIC Number: ED052882
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Pages: 41
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Patterns of Drug Use Among Adolescents in a Rural Community and in a Suburban Community.
Londergan, Susan; And Others
Objectives were to determine prevalence of drug abuse in rural and suburban areas and to delineate some of the demographic and sociopsychological correlates of drug abuse. Data on adolescent drug abuse were collected in a survey, grades 7 through 12, in a rural and in a suburban school district of a small mid-Atlantic state (rural and suburban classifications according to the Bureau of Census). The 35-item questionnaire was used to obtain 5 basic types of information: prevalance of use of particular drugs, demography, attitudes, participation in social activities, and peer-group relationships. In general, findings showed that prevalence of drug use in rural areas is lower than in suburban areas; absence of the father may not be an underlying factor affecting drug use; there is an absence of association between drug use and such factors as race, religion, and sex; for sources of information, students will listen to those who have used drugs and those who are experts in the health-information field; participation or lack of participation in organizations does not appear to be strongly related to drug use in either the rural or suburban area; frequent drug use by friends increases predictability of drug use by 22.5% for rural and 38% for suburban students; and drug education programs, in order to have impact, must precede grade 10. (JB)
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Note: Paper presented at 1971 Rural Sociological Society Meeting, Denver, Colorado